Bank tellers in the city of Recife alerted authorities to Ricardo Sergio Freire de Barros' actions after he attempted to pass off a famous picture of The Shining icon as his own.
He was taken into custody on Tuesday (28Feb12) and charged with use of false documents and falsification of a public document.
According to CNN.com, the impostor had been under investigation for fraud for months.
The Nicholson image he used on the fake ID was taken by celebrity photographer Martin Schoeller and published in Entertainment Weekly magazine in 2003. It has since featured in exhibits around the world.