Man accused of stealing identities of dead children

SAN DIEGO - A 70-year-old San Diego man was in federal court Thursday on charges that he stole the identities of deceased children and used their names to create multiple bank accounts to hide his income from the Internal Revenue Service.

Lloyd Irving Taylor was charged in a superseding indictment with 16 counts of aggravated identity theft, false statements to a financial institution, tax evasion, and corruptly endeavoring to impair or impede the IRS.

Taylor has been in custody since April 13 when he was arrested on a charge of making false statements on U.S. passport applications.

The superseding indictment alleges that Taylor stole the identities of at least nine deceased individuals, many of whom had died at an early age in the 1950s.

According to the indictment, Taylor obtained some birth certificates that belonged to the deceased boys, which included their names, dates of birth and parents' names.

Taylor used the stolen identities as aliases in furtherance of his criminal activity by obtaining fraudulent passports and other identification documents, the indictment alleges.

Taylor then allegedly used the fraudulent documents to open and maintain financial accounts and to transfer funds to purchase assets such as gold coins.

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