Officials try to identify ‘John Doe’ convicted in fraud case

November 17, 2017

This combo of photos from June 24, 1997, left, July 7, 2004, center, and July 31, 2013, provided by the U.S. Department of State shows a man whom officials refer to as John Doe. The Diplomatic Security Service is trying to identify Doe, a foreign national who has been living for at least 20 years as an American citizen whose identity he stole. Officials in the U.S. Attorney’s Office say the man was convicted Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in federal court in Baltimore on charges of passport fraud, Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft, and voter fraud. (U.S. Department of State via AP)

BALTIMORE (AP) — A foreign national stole an American man’s identity, then lived in the U.S. for at least 20 years and committed Social Security and voter fraud, federal officials said.

Now they’re trying to determine his true identity.

The man was convicted Friday in federal court in Baltimore on charges of passport fraud, Social Security fraud, aggravated identity theft and voter fraud.

John Doe, as the U.S. Attorney’s Office calls him, remains in custody. He faces decades in prison at sentencing in February.

Doe assumed the identity of Cheyenne Moody Davis, an American born in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the late 1990s, according to court documents. Doe is believed to be from Antigua, Barbuda, or Jamaica.

Starting in 1997, Doe used Davis’ personal information to get a Maryland state identification card and numerous Maryland driver’s licenses, according to court documents. Doe also got a U.S. passport and a Social Security card, and registered to vote.

Doe voted in the 2016 presidential election, prosecutors said.

In 2006, the State Department learned that Davis was imprisoned in Antigua at the time Doe applied for the passport under Davis’ name, according to court documents.

Davis was the first person to testify against Doe at trial this week, prosecutors said.

The Diplomatic Security Service wants to know who Doe really is. The agency has posted on its website information about Doe.

He is believed to be in his early to mid-40s, is 5′8″ tall, has light brown eyes and may use the pseudonyms Chris or Richie.

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