2 arrested in Eugene birth certificate scheme
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- Authorities say they've thwarted a fake identity scheme in Eugene that echoes the counterculture the city is known for.
They say 27-year-old Michael Allen Snow applied for a birth certificate as "Winter Rain Waters."
He told a judge he was born Christmas Day 1987 on "The Rainbow Farm" to "Misty Summer Rain" and "William Waters," but his parents didn't registered his birth.
The Register-Guard (http://bit.ly/JCLYL9 ) reports Snow had been convicted of rape and was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender.
Snow got the birth certificate last year and applied for a state ID card. Facial recognition software showed his image appeared to match a driver's license issued to Snow.
He and a nurse accused of helping in the scheme have pleaded not guilty to mail fraud.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com