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Ex-flight attendant from Houston sentenced after flying with United for decades under fake name

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Ex-flight attendant from Houston sentenced after flying with United for decades under fake name

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The man known to friends and coworkers as a jet-setting bon vivant named Erik shuffled into a federal courtroom Thursday in olive green garb and shackles.

But the senior United flight attendant who pleaded guilty Thursday to a decades-long passport fraud scheme was never named Erik. That, in fact, is the totality of his crime. Ricardo César Guedes, 49, originally of Sao Paolo, Brazil, admitted in court Thursday that he had obtained a social security card, a passport, a job, a loan, a home near Lake Houston, a BMW, a marriage certificate and that he had given hundreds of safety demonstrations for United passengers — all with the name William Ericson Ladd. He’d also sponsored his husband’s U.S. residency under the name Ladd.

Officials caught on to the scam last fall more than 20 years later. Guedes was detained for months following his arrest since a magistrate determined he is a flight risk based on the allegations he knows how to obtain fake documents.

Guedes is among several defendants who have admitted to playing the long game, constructing a fake identity over years to reap the benefits of U.S. citizenship, based on a pile of real documents that belong to someone else. Diplomatic Security Service has pursued about 2,000 passport fraud cases yearly working with law enforcement in 15 countries. These prosecutions reveal the complexities and cruelties of passport fraud, a crime that has become far more difficult…

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