UC Police Dept. arrested a UCSB freshman yesterday for making fake I.D.’s out of his dorm room.
Eighteen-year-old David Matthew Filipiak of Laguna Hills, Calif., was arrested for forging or manufacturing false identification cards or driver’s licenses. UCPD Officer Mark Signa said the case has been forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, which has 30 days to review it and decide what, if any, charges or additional charges will be filed against Filipiak.
“Manufacturing driver’s licenses can be filed as a misdemeanor or a felony,” Signa said.
If found guilty of a felony offense, Filipiak could be sentenced to up to one year in a state prison.
A custodian approached UCPD officers Jan. 5 with discarded material that could be used to make fake driver’s licenses as well as sample driver’s licenses from a number of other states, some of which contained Filipiak’s name and altered date of birth, Signa said.
In a search warrant served Jan. 7 at Filipiak’s residence in the Camuesa House of Manzanita Village, officers confiscated a computer, printer, digital camera and “other items used in the making of the identification cards,” a UCPD press release said.
“With computers these days, it’s not hard to make [fake I.D.’s] with the printing quality,” Signa said.
UCPD searched Filipiak’s room when he wasn’t home, a student living across from him said. Following the search, detectives contacted Filipiak and asked him to come into the station for an interview. Filipiak talked to authorities Jan. 13 when he was arrested, but not booked, for the offense. He was given a citation and allowed to leave the station. A citation is the same as an arrest, but a booking process is not involved, Signa said.
Signa said Filipiak was cooperative with detectives during the interview. He admitted to giving fake driver’s licenses to friends, Signa said, but UCPD does not currently know who those people are or how many people received driver’s licenses from Filipiak. A forensic examination of his computer is currently being conducted to find who received the I.D.’s or helped in their manufacturing.
“If the licenses are retrieved, then charges will probably not be filed [against people who received fake I.D.’s from Filipiak],” Signa said. “The important thing is getting the fake identification back.”
Filipiak is a business economics major and a pitcher for the baseball team. He declined to comment.