A Hawaiian couple accused by federal authorities of stealing the identities of babies who died decades ago may have past ties to the former Russian spy agency, according to court documents.
US defense contractor Walter Primrose and his wife Gwynn Morrison are accused of living as infants who were under a year old when they each died, according to an unsealed court filing Friday and posted online by the Daily Beast. Their aliases were those of babies Bobby Edward Fort and Julie Lyn Montague.
Primrose, who also served with the US Coast Guard for decades, used the fake identity to help him obtain documents such as driver’s licenses, passports and Department of Defense credentials, which led to him gaining a secret security clearance with the military and then as a defense. service provider.
The couple, both in their 60s, face charges of aggravated identity theft, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States and misrepresentation in a passport application after their arrest on an island Hawaiian Friday.
Federal prosecutors want the couple held without bail, with Assistant US Attorney Thomas Muehleck saying old Polaroid photos show them both wearing KGB uniforms.
Muehleck also said a “close associate” of Morrison said she lived in Romania when it was a Soviet bloc country.
Prosecutors argued there was a high risk that husband and wife would flee if not kept behind bars ahead of trial, noting that Primrose is highly qualified to communicate covertly if released. The couple also had other possible aliases, authorities said.
Primrose and Morrison were both born in 1955 and attended high school and then college together in Texas, court records show, before wed in 1980.
Court records don’t explain why the couple took on the identities of children who died in 1987, but a State Department special agent said in an affidavit that the couple lost their home in Texas to a seized that year.
Primrose enlisted in the Coast Guard at the age of 39, but because he did so under the identity of Bobby Fort, he was only 27 at the time.
He was an avionics electrical technician until his retirement in 2016, when he worked for a defense contractor at a Coast Guard Air Station in Honolulu.
The couple’s lawyers declined to comment.
The father of Julie Lyn Montague, who died aged six weeks in 1968, was shocked his daughter’s name was used in the criminal scheme.
“I still can’t believe this happened,” John Montague, 91, told The Associated Press. “Odds are one in a trillion that they found her and used her name. People stoop to do anything these days. Let the kids rest in peace.
With post wires