Federal authorities say San Diego man stole identities of deceased children

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego man was arraigned in federal court Thursday on charges he used stolen identities -- including those of children who died in the early 1950s -- to make false statements on passport applications.

According to an indictment, Lloyd Irvin Taylor, 69, made a host of false statements on three passport applications, including his name, date of birth, place of birth, social security number, father's name, father's birthplace, mother's maiden name and applicant's signature.

The false information was derived from more than a half dozen identities that Taylor stole from other people, according to the indictment.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Mazza told Magistrate Judge Barbara Major that Taylor traveled extensively on the fraudulent passports.

The prosecutor said the defendant maintained nearly two dozen bank accounts in the names of various aliases. In addition, Mazza told the judge how Taylor maintained bank accounts in the names of purported religious entities with either himself or one of his aliases as the signatory on the church accounts.

The government recently seized approximately $1.8 million in gold in the case, Mazza said.

Major determined that Taylor was a flight risk and ordered him held without bail. The defendant is due back in court May 20.

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