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Brit accused of stealing dead American's identity

Brit accused of stealing dead American's identity

A British man accused of stealing the identity of a dead American has been released to home confinement.
Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old John Skelton was released Thursday under strict conditions that include electronic monitoring, a third-party custodian and two $50,000 bonds. He'll also have to surrender any passports.
Authorities say Skelton stole the identity of U.S. citizen Kurt Branham, who died in 1994. Skelton was arrested Monday night at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after he got off a flight from London.
Court documents show Skelton admitted he took on Branham's identity and obtained a passport in his name. His federal public defender, Joseph Evans, says Skelton didn't steal the identity for financial gain and was otherwise law-abiding.