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Wednesday 13 December 2017

US man accused of using fake British passport for 20 years

Timothy Matthews is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/AP)
Timothy Matthews is accused of using a fake Great Britain passport. (Multnomah County Sheriff's Office/AP)

An Oregon man has been accused of using a fake Great Britain passport for close to 20 years.

Local media said that the man is accused of using a passport with a dead baby's name on it multiple times.

He used it to enter Mexico, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Russia, Guatemala and Kazakhstan.

Assistant US Attorney Benjamin Tolkoff said investigators suspect the man was "up to something nefarious".

Officials in the United Kingdom revoked the passport in October 2012.

US Department of State Special Agent Michael T McLean said the 53-year-old man's birth name is Timothy Michael Schneidt, born in Wyoming.

He changed his name to Timothy M Matthews in 2013.

He is accused of using the name Peter Matthews - the name of a baby who died shortly after birth in 1963 in Great Britain.

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