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Virginia Men Who Trafficked in Fake IDs Plead Guilty Following HSI Washington, D.C. Investigation

Homeland Security Investigations

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — An investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. led to two men pleading guilty to importing, manufacturing and trafficking fraudulent identity documents.

Arya Ebrahimi, 28, of Gainesville, and Tarik Sayed Metwally, 31, of Fairfax, entered their guilty pleas June 26 at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

“Through their actions, Arya Ebrahimi and Tarik Sayed Metwally enabled the illegal activities of countless other criminals,” said HSI Washington, D.C. Special Agent in Charge Derek W. Gordon. “Ebrahimi and Metwally will pay their debt to society, but federal, state and local authorities will potentially spend years cleaning up the mess they created. HSI Washington, D.C. will continue to investigate and dismantle such criminal enterprises operating in our communities.”

According to the investigation, Ebrahimi and Metwally imported high-quality counterfeit driver’s licenses and identification cards from China to the United States. They operated an online enterprise using various websites, including and, to sell counterfeit IDs.


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