(CNN) — A Hawaiian couple has been charged with living under the identities of dead Texas children for decades and conspiring against the government, according to unsealed federal court records.
A federal grand jury in Honolulu charged Walter Glenn Primrose and Gwynn Darle Morrison with conspiracy, aggravated identity theft and making false statements in the application and use of a passport. Morrison is expected to appear in court on Tuesday, according to the court filing.
An affidavit alleges that, in 1987, Primrose and Morrison obtained Texas birth certificate records of deceased children born in the United States which they “used to illegally assume the identities of ‘Bobby Edward Fort’ and ‘Julie Lyn Montague’.”
Primrose and Morrison are said to have “agreed to assume the identities of deceased babies born in the United States and have lived fully under these fraudulently assumed identities since 1987,” according to an affidavit included in the lawsuit.
The real Fort was born in 1967 and died that same year of asphyxiation and was buried in Texas, the affidavit states. The real Montague was born and died in 1968 and was buried in Texas about 14 miles from where Fort was buried.
Federal prosecutors also say they have photos of Primrose and Morrison in a KGB jacket that prosecutors filed in court as part of a motion to deny the couple’s bail.
Morrison’s attorney, Megan Kau, told CNN affiliate Hawaii News Now (HNN) that Morrison is “shocked” by the allegations. “She has nothing to do with Russia,” Kau said.
Kau said that the KGB jacket did not belong to Primrose or Morrison. “She tried on a uniform that was at a friend’s house once and they took pictures of her,” Kau told HNN. “She was born and raised in the United States and wants the world to know that she is not a spy.”
A close friend of Morrison’s told federal agents that Morrison lived in Romania years ago “while that country was within the communist bloc.” The State Department found no record of a passport in Morrison’s name that would allow him to travel internationally, the motion states.
CNN has contacted Morrison’s attorney, but has yet to hear back.
Meanwhile, a motion to hold Primrose without bond was granted on July 28, court filings show.
Prosecutors filed the motion to detain the defendants alleging that Primrose and Morrison present a serious flight risk and that Primrose has been secretly licensed as a defense contractor at the US Coast Guard (USCG) Air Station in Barbers. Point on Oahu for six years.
The motion also states that Primrose had secret clearance as an Avionics Electrical Technician with the USCG prior to that and was required to report any foreign travel, but an investigation revealed that he did not report several trips to Canada although he did report other foreign travel. .
The motion added that, thanks to his work at the USCG, “he has become proficient in electronics and would be able to surreptitiously communicate with others if released from pretrial detention.”
Primrose is currently in the custody of the US Marshals Service at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu, according to the record of his detention hearing. A telephone preliminary hearing has also been set for August 8.
Dennis K. Thomas, a special agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), alleges in the complaint/affidavit that Primrose and Morrison “unlawfully assumed the identities of deceased U.S. citizens” to apply for passports. U.S. citizens, Social Security cards, and Department of Defense identification cards.
“I have no comment or statement on her case,” Primrose’s attorney, Max Mizono, said in an email to CNN.