2 arrested in Eugene birth certificate scheme

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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.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com