Couple with Nacogdoches ties accused of using dead babies’ IDs, conspiring against U.S.
Both attended SFA, lived in Nacogdoches
HONOLULU (KTRE) - A couple formerly of East Texas and living quietly in Hawaii conspired against the U.S., federal agents with the state Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service allege.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office has revealed photographs from their home depict them wearing what have been identified as KGB uniforms.
Walter Glenn Primrose, also known as Bobby Edward Fort, and Gwynn Darle Morrison, aka Julie Lyn Montague, were arrested in a raid Friday morning.
Government records said the couple assumed the identities of dead babies from Texas in the 1980s, then used those identities to obtain Social Security cards, passports and driver’s licenses. Both are charged with identity theft, lying on their passport applications, and conspiracy to commit crimes against the United States.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Primrose was born in Shelby County.
Morrison attended SFA from the fall of 1976 to the fall of 1979, graduating with an M.A in English, according to university records. Primrose attended from fall of 1974 to summer 1981, and received no degree.
They married in Nacogdoches in 1980 and purchased a home together in 1981.
KTRE sister station Hawaii News Now reported the story Tuesday and provided interviews with a retired FBI agent and an attorney who is a former military prosecutor.
Retired FBI agent Tom Simon told Hawaii News Now he believes these are preliminary charges designed to “get these people off the streets and begin negotiating with them and seeing what they know and their willingness to cooperate with the U.S.”
Pictures included in the court records show Primrose and Morrison in uniforms that the government said belonged to the KGB, the former Soviet Union spy agency.
“The Coast Guard has one foot firmly planted in the world of law enforcement and the second foot in the U.S. military and the intel community,” said Simon, owner of Simon Investigations.
Attorney Kevin O’Grady, a former military prosecutor, told HNN that Primrose’s security clearance could have provided the Russians with valuable information.
“They engage in counter terrorism and counter drug operations and things like that,” he said.
Primrose worked as an avionic electrical technician, serving 22 years before retiring.
“Enough information disclosed publicly can enable the enemy to put pieces together and that can tell the enemy a lot about us,” O’Grady said.
After retiring from the Coast Guard in 2016, Primrose was working as a U.S. Department of Defense contractor until his arrest Friday.
“It’s absolutely staggering to me the amount of time and effort the Russians put into this particular project,” said Simon, referring to the criminal allegations.
“This was not a quick hit to steal some records to get back. This was decades in the making.”
Neighbors said the couple lived in the Kapolei home for many years, keeping a low profile.
Joshua Guieb-Pangan said they were friendly.
“When we would drive by, they’d always give us a wave,” Pangan said.
He was shocked when agents raided the home last week.
“There was a lot of FBI members around the house and in the house,” he said.
The government is asking that the couple be held without bond, calling them a flight risk.
A judge will decide on that request on Thursday.
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