Florence T. Nakakuni, United States Attorney
District of Hawaii
Robert Marshall Read, age 61, a United States citizen born in Tennessee, was arraigned in federal district court before Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren today following his indictment on January 28, 2010. A federal grand jury indicted Read on 11 violations relating to passports and one identity theft count. Read pled not guilty to each offense, and Judge Kurren set the trial for April 6, 2010.
United States Attorney Florence T. Nakakuni said that, according to the affidavit filed with a previously issued criminal complaint, a passport with Read's photograph but a different name (F.J.M.) was issued in April 1993 (to expire in April 2003), as a result of various supporting documents in the name of F.J.M. and a social security number belonging to a person other than Read. F.J.M. died in March 1993. Another passport with F.J.M.'s name was issued with Read's photograph as a result of an application submitted at the United States Embassy in Singapore in April 2003.
According to the affidavit, stamps in the latter passport reflect that from May 2003 to June 2007, it was used over 100 times to enter and exit various countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Kuwait, the Philippines, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates, as well as to obtain visas, re-entry permits, and residence permits from foreign countries.
“We will continue to aggressively protect and safeguard the integrity of our travel documents,” said Jeffrey W. Culver, Director of the United States State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. “Diplomatic Security is firmly committed to working with United States Attorney’s Offices and other law enforcement agencies around the world to investigate allegations of passport and visa fraud and bring those who commit these crimes to justice.”
Read faces a maximum term of ten years imprisonment on ten of the passport fraud offenses, five years on the remaining passport charge, and a mandatory two-year term of imprisonment for identity theft, as well as fines of up to $250,000 on each charge. Charges in an indictment are merely accusations, and each defendant is resumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Diplomatic Security Service of the Department of State. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Amy K. Olson.