A COUPLE who allegedly have ties to Russian intelligence stole the identities of dead babies to get US security clearance, court documents allege.
Walter Glenn Primrose and Gwynn Darle Morrison, both 67, allegedly illegally obtained fake identities that they have been using for more than 30 years.
Court documents obtained by The Daily Beast allege that Primrose and Morrison “both obtained Texas birth certificate records for deceased American born infants, that they used to unlawfully assume the identities of ‘Bobby Edward Fort’ and ‘Julie Lyn Montague,’ respectively" in 1987.
The documents further state that Primrose and Morrison “have been perpetrating criminal fraud acts ever since."
Primrose joined the US Coast Guard in 1994 when he was 39, but using Fort's identity, his age was listed as 27, making him eligible.
He served for 20 years at Barbers Point and eventually became treasurer of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers’ Association's Hawaiian Islands chapter.
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In 2016, when Primrose retired from the Coast Guard after serving as an avionics technician, he took a job with US Company 1, a Department of Defense contractor where he still works, the documents state.
As a result of his service, Primrose has government-issued security clearance which, according to investigators, he has held for more than 20 years.
In addition, he has held a "secret clearance for six years" from working at that job, documents state.
The documents also allege that Primrose did not flag all of his international travel, as he was required to do while he held the secret clearance.
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The documents claim that Fort was born in July of 1967 in Dallas, Texas.
He passed away that October due to asphyxia, the complaint states.
Montague was also born in Texas in 1968, but died before she turned one.
The pair obtained driver's licenses, state identification cards, and Social Security numbers under their new identities, the documents allege.
Court documents allege that it took the couple just six months to establish their new identities.
Primrose and Morrison, who originally married in August 1980, remarried in August 1988 using their new identities.
The complaint also alleges that Primrose received at least five passports in Fort's name between 1996 and 2016.
He also received one in his own name in 1999.
Morrison, meanwhile, received at least three passports in Montague's name.
Their scheme began to fall apart in 2018 when the couple used their forged identities to apply for military healthcare benefits, documents state.
One document alleges that Primrose and Morrison may have established additional identities.
Investigators found evidence from the couple's home “in which the greetings in the letters refer to defendants by names other than Bobby, Julie, Walter, or Gwynn."
They also discovered that Morrison may have lived in Romania years ago, during the Soviet era.
“Federal agents have also seized photographs from the defendants’ residence that depict the defendants apparently some years ago wearing what have been identified as KGB uniforms," one document states.
Investigators also believe Primrose's work as an avionics technician has made him "highly skilled in electronics," stating he "would be able to communicate surreptitiously with others if released from pretrial confinement."
Based on these findings, authorities believe the couple are dangerous and should be held.
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Primrose and Morrison are accused of conspiracy to commit offense against the US; aggravated identity theft; and false statement in application and use of a passport.
They are being held without bond and are due in court on Thursday.
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