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KGB Photo Deepens Mystery of Texas Couple Who Stole Dead Babies’ Identities, Feds Say

Daily Beast, July 26, 2022 (excerpts)

…Walter Glenn Primrose, 67, and Gwynn Darle Morrison, also 67, are accused of carrying out a mysterious scheme in which they masqueraded under pilfered personas for decades. Primrose, who retired from the Coast Guard as an avionics technician in 2016, then went on to work as a cleared defense contractor at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point in Hawaii.

He continues to hold a government-issued security clearance, which investigators say he has had for more than two decades. Last year, a Russian spy ship was observed lurking off the coast of Hawaii for several days. In 2021, a Russian vessel was tracked near Hawaiian waters, in an incident one expert said echoed the activities of the Cold War era….

In 1994, at the age of 39, Primrose joined the Coast Guard—eight years over the maximum enlistment age. But as Bobby Fort, he was only 27.

For the next two decades, Primrose served as Fort, stationed at Barbers Point and becoming treasurer of the Hawaiian Islands chapter of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers’ Association.

The 200 officers and enlisted personnel at Barbers Point “maintain a yearly 24 hour a day vigil… providing aviation mission support in the areas of Search and Rescue, Marine Environmental Protection, Maritime Law Enforcement and Aids to Navigation,” the Coast Guard says. “Since 1979, the unit has been awarded two unit commendations and four meritorious commendations for exemplary service. To accomplish its assigned missions the air station utilizes four Aerospatiale HH-65A ‘Dolphin’ short range recovery helicopters and four Lockheed HC-130H ‘Hercules’ long range search aircraft.”

Primrose and Morrison settled into their new life together, making their home in Kapolei, on the island of Oahu.

When his hitch with the Coast Guard was up, Primrose—still successfully pretending to be Fort—got a job with an unnamed defense contractor, “where he continues to work currently,” the complaint states.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hawaii did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment, nor did Megan Kau, the lawyer identified in court records as Morrison’s attorney. In an email, Salina Kanai, the court-appointed lawyer representing Primrose, declined to comment. Primrose and Morrison are being held without bond, and are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

Prosecutors said in their detention memo that the couple’s home may not be used as collateral since the two “mortgaged their Kapolei properties under their false identities, thus committing bank fraud.”…

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PDF:  KGB Uniform Photos

PDF:  Indictment  

KITV: Couple in Decades Old "KGB" Photo Lived Under False IDs in Kapolei

HNN: They lived quiet lives in Hawaii for years. The US alleges they were actually Russian spies 

KHON: Woman accused of ID theft says she’s no spy

HNN: Attorney for alleged Russian spy claims she posed in KGB uniform for fun

AP: Hawaii Defense Contractor Held Without Bail In ID Theft Mystery

KHON: Couple in stolen I.D. case had long history of spy interest

HNN: Grand jury indicts Hawaii couple accused of stealing dead babies’ identities, serving as Russian spies

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