PORTLAND, Ore. – A U.s. man pleaded guilty Wednesday to the abuse of a British passport obtained with the help of the name of a baby who died more than 50 years ago.
Timothy Matthews, 54, faces a maximum of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in June, but no prior convictions, he expects to get no more than probation.
The Oregon resident is not a statement on the court in front of the federal court, and refused to comment outside the courtroom.
About 20 years ago, the Uk issued him a passport for Peter Matthews — a baby who died in Neath, Wales, shortly after the birth on Sept. 6, 1963.
He used it to enter from Mexico and other countries, before his fraud was discovered in 2012 during the crossing of California in San Ysidro port of entry from Tijuana. The united kingdom has the passport in October of that year.
U. S. Department of State Special Agent Michael T. McLean said in a court document that Matthews was born Timothy Separates in Lander, Wyoming, Sept. 11, 1963.
He changed his name to Matthews on Sept. 6, 2013, the day of the deceased baby would have turned 50, according to Multnomah County court records.
His lawyer, Alison Clark, told a judge in an earlier hearing that Matthews decided he liked that last name after using it for a long time. She declined comment after Wednesday’s hearing.
Matthews’ motive for obtaining the passport under the name of the baby is still unknown. He was able to get US passports if Timothy Separates and, later, Timothy Matthews.