A couple, seen in photographs appearing to be wearing KGB uniforms, have been charged in federal court with stealing the identities of dead children in Texas decades ago, according to court documents.
The photos of Walter Glenn Primrose, a defense contractor and former US Coast Guard avionics technician, and his wife Gwynn Darle Morrison were part of a motion for the couple’s detention without bail filed by federal prosecutors in the US District Court in Hawaii on Monday.
The couple are being held on charges of identity theft, conspiracy to commit a crime against the United States and providing false information when applying for and using a passport, a criminal complaint filed July 21 shows.
Their alleged crimes were detailed in an affidavit included in a complaint filed by a special agent with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
An attorney for Morrison, Megan Kau, said so Associated Press that the couple posed in uniform at a friend’s house as a joke.
“She wants everyone to know that she’s not a spy,” Kau told the AP. “It’s all completely exaggerated. It is an overstatement by the government.”
Morrison and Primrose have not been charged with espionage-related crimes.
The couple were arrested Friday in Kapolei on the island of O’ahu. reported the AP.
A former US military man and his wife, both US citizens, have been charged in the case, according to a State Department spokesman. The spokesman made no further comment and said the Diplomatic Security Service was not discussing the details of the investigation.
A lawyer for Primrose did not respond to a request for comment.
In the filing, which alleges the couple poses a flight risk, prosecutors argued that Primrose failed to report multiple trips to Canada — despite having held a secret permit and required to report foreign trips for six years.
The application, which does not include details of the trips, also claims his experience as a “highly skilled” electronics technician could allow him to “secretly communicate” if released.
One person, described in the document only as a “close associate,” told federal agents that Morrison lived in Romania when the country was part of the Soviet Union — although she was never issued a passport under her true identity that would allow her to to travel. says the request.
Morrison’s lawyer told the AP that her client has never lived in Romania.
The filing adds that letters confiscated from the couple’s home greet them by names that differ from their real names or their well-known aliases, Bobby Edward Fort and Julie Lyn Montague.
“Federal agents also seized photographs from the defendants’ home, which appear to show the defendants in KGB uniforms several years ago,” the filing reads.
The file contained no additional information about the uniforms, and the US Attorney’s Office in Hawaii did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the complaint, which opened Friday, the couple attended high school and college together in Texas in the 1970s and married in Nacogdoches in 1980.
In 1987, they allegedly assumed the identities of two Texas babies born two decades earlier and who died shortly after birth — Bobby Edward Fort of Dallas and Julie Lyn Montague of Burnet, the complaint said.
Allegedly, they were issued driver’s licenses, social security cards and passports using their false identities, the complaint said. They remarried as Bobby Fort and Julie Montague in 1988, the complaint said.
In 1994, Primrose reported to the US Coast Guard under a false identity, the document says. According to the complaint, he stayed in the military branch until 2016, when he began working for a Defense Department contractor.
The private company is unidentified, but the application says he worked for the contractor at the United States Coast Guard Air Station at Barbers Point, an O’ahu facility that conducts search and rescue and provides long-range patrol and logistical support.
The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment
Morrison’s attorney told the AP that even while adopting false identities, the couple lived law-abiding lives for three decades.
Andrew Blankstein and Alexandra Bacallao contributed.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hawaii-couple-accused-stealing-identities-dead-babies-texas-decades-ag-rcna40383 Hawaiian couple accused of stealing identities of dead children in Texas decades ago, prosecutors say