INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) - Two weeks ago, 47-year-old David Grice of Illinois was arrestedin Fountain County, and it now turns out that the new facialrecognition technology in use for drivers' license pictures led tothe arrest.
At a conference on identity theft and fraud Tuesday inIndianapolis, BMV commisisoner Andy Miller said that after Griceobtained six different IDs, the agency alerted its branches andwithin 48 hours he was caught while applying for a seventh at theCrawfordsville license branch.
On Feburary 4th, Grice got an ID at Crawfordsville as "DavidGrice".
He went back on on the 28th as "Thomas Wascher."
Then he stopped at the West Lafayette branch a month later as"Walter Johnson."
In Terre Haute, he got an ID as "Tony Placht."
In Williamsport, he was "Kevin Fourez."
And he was back in Terre Haute as "Ryan Brown."
The Fountain County sheriff said at the time of the arrest thatGrice had gathered the information for these false identities fromjob applicants to a body shop business Grice had tried to open. Thesheriff said that Grice used the identities to open checkingaccounts at multiple banks and write checks to himself underdifferent names.
BMV Deputy Communications Director Graig Lubsen said the case isone of the more extreme examples of why the technology can come inhandy.
Each new photo taken at a license branch is compared to the5,500,000 already on file and the system presents about seven casesa day for further investigation by bureau employees.
While a lot of people have heard you can't smile for yourpicture, Lubsen says the rule is that you can smile as long as youkeep your lips together. Other new requirements meant to aid thefacial recognition software include keeping your head upright (nottilted), not wearing eyeglasses in the photo, not wearinghead coverings, and keeping your hair from obscuring your forehead,eyebrows, eyes, or ears.
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