Feb. 25—A Minneapolis man is facing federal charges for allegedly possessing several fraudulent identification cards when he was stopped by Maumee police for a traffic violation, according to the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Toledo.
Ronald Lee Jenkins, 38, is charged in federal court with counterfeit and forged securities; unlawful production of a document or authentication feature; possession with intent to use/transfer five or more false ID documents; and producing, using, or trafficking a counterfeit access device for allegedly possessing several fraudulent identification cards and equipment to produce such cards.
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Jenkins made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge William Baughman, Jr., last week. On Wednesday, he waived his right to a preliminary hearing and the case will be presented to a federal grand jury.
Jenkins also waived his right to a detention hearing.
A message was left with Jenkins' attorney, Mark Geudtner.
Shortly before midnight on Feb. 14, a Maumee police officer observed a Chevrolet Suburban traveling at a high rate of speed, which then made a U-turn and disregarded a red traffic light, according to the complaint. The officer conducted a traffic stop, though the location of the stop wasn't identified in the federal complaint.
The driver, Jenkins, had a revoked Minnesota identification card, as well as a warrant out of Hennepin County, Minnesota for third-degree felony assault and check forgery. Jenkins also had a warrant out of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, according to the complaint.
Jenkins was taken into custody and as Maumee police began the administrative inventory of the vehicle, several identification cards were located on the passenger seat and the vehicle's dashboard, records show.
Police found 13 fraudulent Social Security cards with different names and numbers on each card; 183 forged Armed Forces of the United States identification cards; 10 forged South Carolina driver's licenses with the same identifying information; a box of blank checks; a credit card skimmer; a laptop; gift cards; several white plastic cards with magnetic strips; and a hunting knife, according to the criminal complaint.
The identification cards had different names on them, but they each had the same photo, which resembled Jenkins, court records show.
The personal checks were either not filled in or they were completely filled in to include an amount. The names on these checks matched names found on the identification cards, the complaint says.
Investigators also checked some of the Social Security numbers and one of the checks. The numbers on the card did not belong with the name on the card, police discovered. Additionally, officers checked the names on the other identification cards and the names and numbers appeared to be fabricated, documents show.
Police learned that Jenkins and his dog were staying at the WoodSpring Suites hotel, located at 1410 Arrowhead Road. Officers went to the hotel to retrieve the dog for safekeeping when they saw printers, a shoebox, and a duffle bag in the room. Police obtained a search warrant and executed the search that day.
Police found a box of invisible UV printing ink and two corner punches, gift cards, and a South Carolina driver's license that was the same found in the vehicle. Jenkins also had two HP printers; a coupon organizer containing nine paper checks that appeared to be fraudulent; a small piece of paper that had several cities and numbers written on it; a duffle bag containing a Scotch laminating machine; adhesive spray; a Cricut electronic craft machine; a check starter pack; a box of resume paper; three craft packages; two ink cartridges; loose change; and a piece of mail with Jenkins listed as the recipient.
In an interview with Maumee police, he allegedly made spontaneous utterances, stating that the property he had on him was just "plastic and paper," that they "are fake documents," and that "nothing was forged. Jenkins also allegedly said the individual's names on each document were fake and that he "only commits white-collar crimes," according to the criminal complaint.
"Jenkins stated he has 13 cases pending against him in Wisconsin for the same crimes, and said the 'feds' were on him," the complaint stated. "Jenkins said, 'That's why I left Minnesota, I don't want them following me around.'"
A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear for a Dec. 21 probation violation hearing for a felony assault case, according to court documents filed in Hennepin County District Court. Jenkins has previously been convicted in Minnesota of selling controlled substances, violating a protection order, illegally possessing a firearm.