Student pleads guilty in fake ID operation

URBANA — A University of Illinois student who admitted he had the materials to make fake identification has been sentenced to two years of probation and two weeks in the county jail.

Arturo Perez-Vera, 19, of Grayslake, pleaded guilty Thursday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to unlawful use of identification, a Class A misdemeanor, in connection with his arrest in January.

UI police were sent to Perez-Vera’s room in Weston Hall, 1209 Euclid St., C, on Jan. 19 because a staff member smelled the odor of burning cannabis coming from his room.

Officers found open alcohol, drug paraphernalia and items used to make fraudulent identification, including blank ID cards, clear state of Illinois seals and syringes for filling printer ink cartridges.

In return for Perez-Vera’s plea, a more serious felony charge of duplicating, manufacturing or selling fraudulent identification was dismissed. Also dismissed were other misdemeanor charges of possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.

He also was ordered to get a substance abuse evaluation and follow up on treatment and pay more than $3,400 in fines and court costs.

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