Man suspected of using fake identity to land flight attendant job

fake identityAn American Eagle Airlines employee allegedly used another man’s identity to get a job as a flight attendant and the Federal and local authorities are making investigation in the same.

Among a lengthy list of other charges, Jophan Porter, 38, has been charged with six counts of identity theft and three counts of forgery.

It was stated by American Eagle that, the incident did not involve a customer and that they are involved in an investigation that includes the FBI.

Porter, a native of Guyana was carrying multiple forms of phony identity, including driver’s licenses, a passport and a Department Transportation identification card, when he was arrested at Miami International Airport on Friday, 18th of June 2011.

The presiding judge raised bail to $1million after prosecutors described Porter as a flight risk, noting that authorities “don’t know who he’s connected to”.

The assistant State Attorney stated clearly that they don’t know who he is.

A spokesman for U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement stated that, though he would not comment on Porter’s residency status or where he will be sent, the agency plans to deport Porter.

As per the Transport Security Administration, having an airline identification card or being an airline employee does not allow a person to circumvent security.

They also added that, it is the responsibility of airlines to verify potential employees’ identities though the Flight attendant’s names are checked against the terror watch list.

Currently, Porter is being held in Miami-Dade County jail is represented by a public defender, who could not be immediately reached for comment.

Report by Sharika