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Accused identity thief caught at BWI

A British man accused of stealing the identity of a dead American is in federal custody.

Authorities arrested 41-year-old John Skelton on Monday night at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says in a news release that Skelton stole the identity of U.S. citizen Kurt Branham, who died in 1994.

Skelton had been living in Baltimore, and CPB says he was apprehended after using a fraudulent U.S. passport to re-enter the country after a trip to the United Kingdom.

The State Department discovered through a cross-match of records in 2005 that a fraudulent passport had been issued in Branham's name. Authorities were waiting at BWI when Skelton got off his flight from London on Monday evening.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 15, 2010; 11:17 AM ET
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