Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Illegal alien stole ID of Queens murder victim
A top-ranking security official at Newark Liberty Airport is expected in court today after being arrested on charges he stole the identity of a murder victim to get hired.
For the past 17 years, Nigerian immigrant Bimbo Olumuyiwa Oyewole has sailed through background checks by the Port Authority using the name Jerry Thomas, police said.
But the 54-year-old’s secret is now out thanks to an anonymous tip that led to his arrest.
Oyewole somehow obtained the birth certificate and Social Security number of Thomas, who was murdered in Queens on July 20, 1992, officials said.
Oyewole used Thomas’s identity to secure a driver’s license, security guard license, an airport ID and even credit cards, according to authorities.
At the time of his arrest Monday, Oyewole was in charge of 30 other security guards and had access to airport tarmacs and passenger plans.
Oyewole is actually an illegal Nigerian immigrant with at least four other aliases who entered the country in 1989, investigators said.
Sources tell CBS 2 authorities are concerned about the identity scam itself. They are worried the scam could have been used by thousands, including by some who might by terrorist “sleeper agents” working at critical locations throughout the country.