Former United Airlines flight attendant accused of stealing identity of dead child

A Brazilian man is accuse of stealing the identity of a dead American child in order to a U.S. passport and become a flight attendant for United Airlines, according to federal .

The man, Ricardo Cesar Guedes, 49, falsely assumed the identity of William Ericson Ladd, an Atlanta boy who died in an August 1979 car crash in Washington state at 4 years old, a criminal complaint says.

While using Ladd’s name, Guedes obtained a U.S.  Purchased a home mortgage, according to the complaint. He allegedly listed his occupation as a flight attendant for United Airlines.

A spokesperson for the airline confirme that Guedes had worked for them, but said he “is no longer employe at United Airlines.”

“United has a thorough verification process for new employees that complies with federal legal requirements,” the spokesperson said.

Former United Airlines flight attendant accused of stealing identity of dead child.

An attorney for Guedes declined to comment on Tuesday.

Guedes was born in August 1972 in Paulo, Brazil, and began using Ladd’s name in 1998 when he first applied for a U.S. passport, according to the complaint.


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Drivers still stranded on I-95 in Virginia after winter storm He renewed his passport multiple times between 1998 and 2020 using the false information, the complaint. In December 2020, the State Department his application for various fraud  according to the Atlanta .

During the investigation, agents said they observe Guedes “using the victim’s identity.

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He was arreste at the airport in September, the complaint states.

Ladd’s mother confirmed her late son’s date of birth and death and said. The social security number Guedes used, according to the complaint.

The complaint says that the social Guedes was using was issue 17 years after Ladd died.

Guedes was indicte for making false statements in a passport application. False impersonation of a U.S. citizen, and entry by false pretenses to a secure area of an airport. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April.