Operation Facial Scrub


The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission and NJ Attorney Generals Office trough the “Operation Facial Scrub” has netted more arrests for individuals in possession of fraudulent NJ Driver’s Licenses or Government Identifications.  NJ.com published an updated list of recent offenders. The Hasbrouck Heights Police Department Sgt. Adamo and Ptl. Donohue received training from NJ Motor Vehicle Commission on detecting these fraudulent Driver’s Licenses, Government Identifications, as well as fraudulent Passports.  You can visit the NJ MVC website regarding “Operation Facial Scrub”  If you are aware of anyone that is in possession of a Fraudulent Government document, you can contact Police Headquarters at (201) 288-1000

This was the original story published last year in February of 2013:

A new, high tech software has helped authorities identify two city men who fraudulently obtained New Jersey Drivers Licenses, according to the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (AOG).

According to the joint task force, the facial recognition software “scrubbed” through 19 million registered driver profiles in the state’s database, beginning in December 2011. Through 2012, MVC security personally identified any duplicate photo records which could have stemmed from administrative errors or customer fraud. Of those, approximately 1,800 suspension cases were identified.

License suspensions were imposed on 146 individuals for alleged false identification and in addition, over 600 potential criminal cases have been referred to the Attorney General’s Office, according to the MVC. The software uses advanced technology to identify license profiles with different names but similar pictures. 

The initiative has helped identified sex offenders who use the duplicate identification as a way to avoid registering with the Megan’s Law database, and commercial vehicle drivers who continue to operate large vehicles like busses or trucks, despite suspended licenses from DUI convictions.

The MVC continues to maintain the integrity of the database through a nightly scrub of all new photos taken at its 39 agencies statewide. This ensures that attempted fraud will be identified and stopped quickly, according to the attorney general.

The facial scrubbing initiative has also assisted other New Jersey State agencies to eliminate fraud and identify potential criminals and criminal activity.

Individuals who have been identified by the MVC are now added to a central clearinghouse website, the Aggregated Investigative Reporting Services (AIRS,) which shares information with strategic state partners such as the New Jersey State Department of Labor and the State’s Parole Board.