PENNGROVE (CBS SF) – A Penngrove man is suspected of running a counterfeit drivers’ license and credit card operation from his home, a Sonoma County sheriff’s lieutenant said Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher Matheson, 34, was arrested Wednesday at his home for a parole violation, Lt. Dennis O’Leary said.

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After the arrest, detectives got a search warrant for his home and discovered equipment and machinery to produce counterfeit drivers’ licenses and credit cards, O’Leary said.

Matheson also had a supply of blank plastic cards, magnetic strips, holograms and other items as part of a sophisticated counterfeiting operation, O’Leary said.

Detectives believe Matheson was selling the fraudulent credit cards and using them to purchase items, O’Leary said.

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“We are in the preliminary stages of this investigation and will be consulting with the DMV and bank investigators,” O’Leary said.

Matheson was being held in the Sonoma County jail under a no-bail warrant for a parole violation.


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