The wife of a US defense contractor who has simultaneously been accused of fraudulently concealing herself in federal court in Hawaii identity theft Of two dead babies in Texas for three decades, said Tuesday that prosecutors say he is not who he is.
When Gwyn Darley Morrison’s case was called to US District Court in Honolulu, she said: “That’s what they’re calling me.”
She claims she is actually Julie Lynn Montague, who prosecutors said died in 1968 when she was three weeks old and that her identity was later stolen.
This claim put her at odds with her husband, who admitted that he was Walter Glen Primrose and not Bobby Edward Killa, the identity he reportedly used to enlist in the US Coast Guard in 1994 and Secret used to obtain security clearances that allowed him to serve as a defense. Contractor.
Fort was about 10 weeks old when he died in late 1967 at the same Burnett, Texas, hospital where Montague died a few months later.
On Tuesday, pleas of not guilty were filed on behalf of the couple on charges of conspiracy, making false statements in passport applications and abetting identity theft. If found guilty on all charges, he could face up to 17 years in prison.
Both were ordered to be kept in custody till the hearing is scheduled on September 26.
The dispute over the wife’s real name added a new layer of intrigue to a case that may amount to more than identity theft.
A search of the couple’s Hawaiian found photographs that appear to have been shot in the 1980s.
Russian wearing KGB uniform, the former detective agency, prosecutors said. Investigators also found an invisible ink kit, documents with coded language and maps showing military bases.
When the couple were left in a room together, they were recorded inadvertently saying “things analogous to espionage”, Assistant US Attorney Wayne Myers said last week.
Defense attorney Megan Kau said Montague is the only name her client has ever used. Kau said the couple were seen in photos wearing the same KGB jacket and that their client was only in T-shirts. Kau said he had not heard the recording of the alleged espionage discussion.
“All my clients remember is that her husband told her, ‘They think we’re spies,'” Kau said. “So, yes, the word spy was brought up because the government is accusing them of being spies.”
Kau argued that his client had no criminal record and that there was not enough reason to keep him locked up while facing trial.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Muhleck said it was “a bit strange” that she retains Montague instead of not addressing the issue of identity.
Montague’s father and sister told The Associated Press last week that Julie died shortly after birth and was buried in a cemetery.
Prosecutors said Morrison and Primrose — both born out of Fort and Montague more than a decade ago — went to high school and college together and married in 1980 and bought a house in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Prosecutors said he left Texas in the early 1980s, telling at least one family member that he was going to a witness protection program.
They later reappeared as Fort and Montague, telling some that they had changed their identities for financial and legal reasons.
according to a Criminal complaint received by Hawaii News Now A total of five US passports were reportedly issued to Primrose under the identity of Bobby Keele.
The complaint states that Morrison was issued a total of three US passports in the name of Julie Montague.
An unnamed sister of Morrison said the photograph on the Hawaiian driver’s license with Montague’s name appeared to be of her sister, although it listed the wrong date of birth, Muhleck said.
“We have a situation where this defendant and his co-defendant, have used false identities to defraud the National Passport Center of Social Security, the Department of Defense, the Department of Air Transportation, the State Department for 30 years,” Muhlek said. , “There is no verification of who he is.”
US magistrate Judge Rome Trader said he was holding him without bail because he could not trust him to comply with the terms and conditions of his release if he was not sure of his identity.
“At the core of this case, there are some serious, though unusual, circumstances where the defendant claims to be a person other than the person named in the indictment,” Trader said.
“I can’t even really say who I believe Miss Morrison or Miss Montague really are.”
Retired FBI Agent Tom Simon told Hawaii News Now The government had probably been tracking the couple for some time and they expect additional evidence to emerge as the case progresses.
“FBI counter-intelligence agents are very smart and very thorough,” he told the station. “They’re not going to make a case with this effect based on someone playing dress-up at a party.”