Operation Fake Out Kicks Off Friday Night - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/23/09

Operation Fake Out Kicks Off Friday Night

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At 10 p.m. Friday, officers arrived at several local bars, on the lookout for fake ids.

They call the sting "Operation Fake Out." What it means is officers from different law enforcement agencies are waiting at bars, and if a bouncer thinks a fake i.d. is given, they'll notify the officer to take care of it.

Most of the time, the person gets a ticket, but if they lie about using a fake i.d., the charge can be worse. "When we catch the person we explain to them ‘if you lie to us it becomes a different level of charge or a different type of charge.  This is what you're facing right now and once we've confirmed it, if they've lied to us, if you falsely identify to a peace officer, you're looking at a class B misdemeanor.  Possibly going to jail, looking at a bigger fine'," said Michael Lockhart, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Officers will be working on this until the bars close Saturday morning and NewsChannel 11 has a crew with them. We'll bring you an update on Operation Fake Out Saturday night.

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