A fourth suspect in fake ID ring pleads not guilty

Michael A. Delrio, 19, of Edison, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit document fraud, a charge his co defendants pleaded guilty to on Sept. 4.The group sold about $3 million worth of fake driver’s licenses to 25,000 college students across the country over a three year period, according to court records. 19 in New Jersey and released him to his family on $50,000 unsecured bond, court records state. Magistrate Judge B. Waugh Crigler allowed the teen to return home Wednesday after arraigning him on the single indictment, but admonished Delrio to adhere to the terms of his release.”You be more respectful of her than you’ve ever been before,” Crigler said, gesturing toward Delrio’s mother. “Other than for the graces of the government, fake id you’d be looking at going to jail pending trial.””I always listen to my mother, regardless,” Delrio said.Delrio’s court appointed attorney, J. Lloyd Snook, asked Crigler to relax a condition barring computers and any Internet accessible devices from the family’s home in New Jersey.”There are other children at home who need computer access for homework assignments,” Snook said.Prosecutor Ron Huber interjected: “At the time [police] executed the search warrant, he was hacking into someone else’s Internet service,” Huber said.Crigler did not relax the restriction.”I’m trying to be as fair as I can to both sides,” he said. “The conduct that’s complained of in the indictment ends up affecting everyone in the family, and that’s the problem.”Investigators are asking Delrio to forfeit at least $60,000 they say he earned through his relationship with the fraudulent business, buy fake ids Novel Design, according to court records.Alan McNeil Jones and Kelly Erin McPhee, both 31, and Mark Bernardo, 27, have agreed to forfeit more than $2 million and cars, phones and other electronics purchased with proceeds from the business to the federal government, according to court records.Jones, McPhee and Bernardo all pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit document fraud and aggravated identity theft, crimes that carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison and could result in up to $500,000 in fines per defendant. All three are scheduled for sentencing in December. 29; two injuredTo North Korea and back: Otto Warmbier’s strange, sad tripCouncil hears earful on KKK, alt right ralliesUVa student freed by North Korea in a coma diesFluvanna sailor among 7 USS Fitzgerald deadKluge, UVa professor part of unique effort to help refugeesPrincipals named for Monticello High, charter schoolsWashington convicted in Aldridge slayings