Fargo man arrested in connection with counterfeiting operation

(Fargo, ND) — Fargo Police have arrested a 19-year-old Fargo man in connection with a report of a potential counterfeiting operation in the city.

According to Fargo Police, in September of 2023, the department received a report of a potential counterfeiting operation in north Fargo that was responsible for selling fake I.D.’s. The FPD’s Criminal Investigation Division launched an investigation into the report. After obtaining several warrants to gather information, police determined Blaise Bitz, a 19-year-old Fargo resident, sold over 500 fake I.D.’s to underaged individuals in the area, resulting in a profit of over $40,000.

On Wednesday, February 14, FPD officers executed a search warrant at Bitz’s residence in the 1200 block of 14th Ave. N. The search warrant resulted in the seizure of additional fake I.D.’s located inside the residence.

Bitz has been arrested for Felony Counterfeiting and Felony Illegal Control of an Enterprise.