Fort Worth man indicted on charges of making fake government IDs

Posted Wednesday, Jan. 09, 2013  Print Reprints

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A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted a Fort Worth man who was arrested in October on charges that he made fraudulent military and government identification badges such as those of the CIA.

Grand jurors returned the indictment Tuesday against Azeez Ahmed Al-Ghaziani, 30, who had been staying at his Hurst dry-cleaning business.

Along with the fraudulent charges, Al-Ghaziani was indicted on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. The indictment notes that Al-Ghaziani was a drug user and addicted to a controlled substance.

Al-Ghaziani remained in federal custody Wednesday and has been since his arrest in October in Hurst.

If convicted, Al-Ghaziani faces a maximum of 15 years on the fraudulent charge and 10 years on the firearm possession charge. He also faces a $250,000 fine on each charge.

Authorities were alerted to Al-Ghaziani on Oct. 2 when Hurst police responded to a call of a suspicious truck behind a strip shopping center on Grapevine Highway.

The truck appeared to have been involved in a wreck, Hurst police said at the time.

When officers looked inside, they saw two gun-carrying cases. After being unable to find the truck owner, officers got into the truck and found a duffle bag containing three Defense Department vehicle registration decals, an unloaded .40-caliber Smith & Wesson pistol, chrome tape that appeared to have been used to mimic the appearance of a microchip on identification badges and zip-close bags commonly used in the distribution of illegal drugs, according to federal agents in a Wednesday news release.

An unloaded .12-gauge shotgun and ammunition for it and the pistol also were found in the truck.

Al-Ghaziani, who was the owner of the truck, was questioned at the scene after officers noticed him exiting the dry-cleaning business, agents said in a news release.

A further search of the truck led to additional fraudulent military and government identification badges, Defense Department badges, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Several plastic badge holders containing fraudulent CIA credentials also were discovered, authorities said.

The case was investigated by Hurst police, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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