Friday, December 7, 2018



Bar owner blames technology for realistic fake IDs

HYDE PARK – One of the owners of Darby O'Gill's bar in Hyde Park is speaking out about the raid on his establishment that resulted in a suspended liquor license. 

Craig Gioia claims that the November 30 raid at his bar conducted by the State Liquor Authority and state DMV was a part of the agencies' year-long campaign to stop the use of fake identifications by college students.   

According to the bar owner, technology has improved to the point that the fake identification is so realistic that local police and government agencies fail to identify them. The DMV is then brought in to the sting operations to identify real versus fake ID's with a special scanner that is not available to the general public. 

Gioia has made repeated requests to be allowed to purchase the same scanner but has been told "it's not available for use by the general public!"

Darby's, in business for 15 years, has every one of their security guards certified by the state and also uses a state-of-the-art camera system with a high resolution camera that takes pictures of all ID's and Gioia said that his security regularly turns patrons away when they don't feel that the ID presented is legitimate. 

On the new technology, Gioia said they purchased several commercial ID scanners over the years in hopes of identifying fraudulent driver licenses “but fake ID manufacturers move quickly to counteract the technology and produce new ID's that pass the system." 

Gioia was also critical of the security at Marist College just down the street.  Several of the underage patrons at the bar during the raid were Marist students.            

"The college claims that they are working to prevent the use of fake ID's by their students yet they knowingly allow the underage students to pile into large capacity taxis late at night so they can travel to local bars in the Poughkeepsie area. 

"Security knows very well that those kids getting into those taxis are underage and they are boarding the taxis right in front of the security office,” Gioia said.  “How can they say they don't know what the kids are up to?"

He said they are “fully aware of the charges against us and are fully cooperating with the New York State Liquor Authority and respect the difficult job they have, but people also need to understand that this suspension also affected 30 employees of Darby's that are now out of work and are uncertain of their future."     Gioia also pointed out that the suspension took place without a hearing in which their evidence to refute the charges could be presented.  "We are anxious for our day in court to clear our good name," Gioia said while also issuing a statement apologizing to family, friends and customers for the sudden closing of the bar due to the liquor license being suspended.  The owner of the bar also posted a note on the door of Darby's which echoed his comments made to Mid-Hudson News.


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