Hawaii Couple Charged For Stealing Identities Of 2 Dead Infants

A couple living in Hawaii have been accused in federal court of living under the false identities of two dead infants from Texas since the late 1980s according to unsealed court documents.

Walter Glenn Primose and his wife, Gwynn Darle Morrison, assumed the names of two Texas babies who died in the late 1960s. The children’s names were Bobby Edward Fort and Julie Lyn Montague. The couple allegedly used those identities to obtain fraudulent Social Security cards, passports, and driver’s licenses, according to a criminal complaint filed July 21.

Hawaii Couple Charged For Stealing Identities Of 2 Dead Infants

Primrose, a former member of the U.S. Armed Services, and Morrison, both in their 60s, were arrested Friday on the island of Oahu, NBC Hawaii affiliate KHNL reported.

They were charged with identity theft, making false statements in application and use of a passport, and conspiracy to commit an offense against the U.S., according to the criminal complaint.

Photos of Primrose and Morrison appearing to wear green uniforms are included in prosecutors’ motion to have the couple held without bail. Another motion by prosecutors says the defendants are wearing “what have been identified as KGB uniforms.”

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The pair have not been charged with any espionage-related crimes, however Morrison’s lawyer, Megan Kau, told KHNL, the prosecutors’ motion to hold the couple without bail “vaguely accuses my client of being a Russian spy.”

Kau added Morrison was “shocked” by the accusations and said her client “has nothing to do with Russia.” Kau said the jacket in the photos did not belong to Morrison and Primose.

Morrison “tried on a uniform that was at a friend’s house one time and they took pictures,” Kau informed the outlet.

Kau added the photos appeared to show the couple wearing the same jacket, and that she did not know why the friend possessed the uniform. The KGB was the intelligence agency of the then-Soviet Union.

Primrose and Morrison went to the same high school and college and married in 1980.

There were no indications in the Court records why the couple allegedly assumed the names of two dead Texas children — who would have been more than a decade younger than them — in 1987, but the affidavit noted the couple’s home was foreclosed the same year.

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The couple remarried under the false names in 1988, per the complaint, and Primrose enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1994 under Fort’s name and identity.

Prosecutors noted Primrose “represented himself to be approximately 12 years younger than his true age at the time of Coast Guard enlistment,” as the child’s name he allegedly assumed was born in 1967. Primrose was born in 1955.

Primrose served in the Coast Guard until 2016 and then began to work as a contractor for the Department of Defense, according to the affidavit. Primrose worked as a contractor until his arrest and was granted a security clearance for the position, KHNL reports.

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