11/01/2013 14:59 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

Fake ID operation busted by Transit Police

Two men are facing charges after police busted a half-million-dollar business selling fake identification online to people across Canada and the U.S., Metro Vancouver Transit Police say.

Alexander Jesse Lemmon, 20, and Elliot Mashford, 20, have both been charged with knowing or believing a document was forged, and forging by making false IDs. A third suspect was also arrested in the investigation.

Police allege the pair ran a business that allowed people to go online, upload a photo of themselves and get a fake Canadian or U.S. identification. They estimate they delivered 2,000 pieces by hand to by mail for a total revenue of $500,000.

The police were tipped off to the alleged operation by a minor who tried use a piece of the fake ID after being caught with liquor on transit last March.