A UW-Eau Claire student was sentenced for making fake ID's for at least two people in his dorm. 20-year-old Kramer Cook will either spend five days in jail or do 40 hours of community service.
Cook pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two misdemeanors; two felony charges were dismissed. The criminal complaint says he charged $50 to $75 for the fakes.
Eau Claire Police Officer Jason Kaveney says the fines start at more than $500 just for carrying a fake ID and if you use it to get into a bar you could face fines well over $1000. But, he says just using a fake ID could cost you much more than just a hefty fine.Android Phone To Your Authenticate Or Using — How Sitepoint Users Email txqaPnwtY
"That goes on your record. If your employer runs your name and sees you misrepresented yourself with an identification card, it kind of goes back to that employer questioning your honesty and integrity. A lot of people take the chance. They don't think about the consequences," Kaveney says.
Kaveney has a collection of fake IDs—1,500 collected on Water Street in just one semester. Most were turned in by bars after bouncers confiscated them at the door. In 2008, Eau Claire police officers ticketed 81 minors caught with fakes.
“It's a huge fine. It goes on your record. It's not worth it," says Kelsey Mullen.
Mullen works at Stave & Hoop Liquor Store on Water Street. She says in her experience most people with fakes usually get caught.
"It's not that long until you're 21. There are plenty of other fun things to do in Eau Claire,” Mullen says.
The Eau Claire Police Department says officers also do random underage stings throughout the city, throughout the year.