MIAMI (CBS4) – An American Eagle Airlines flight attendant is in a Miami-Dade County Jail after police say he stole another man’s identity to land a job that took him around the world.
Jophan Porter, 38, is charged with more than a dozen crimes including identity fraud and forgery.
Porter, who is from Guyana, is also on an immigration hold.
Police say Porter was in possession of several documents, including an ID card and passport, in the name of Anthony Frair when he was arrested at Miami International Airport Friday. He had reportedly arrived at MIA from a London flight and was scheduled to board a flight to Dallas when he was arrested.
The real Anthony Frair, a New York resident, was alerted to his stolen identity while trying to apply for government assistance. He told police he has never met Porter before.
AMR Corporation, parent company to both American Eagle and American Airlines, released this statement to CBS4:
American Eagle Airlines can confirm that an American Eagle flight attendant has been arrested on charges involving identity theft that does not involve a customer. American Eagle is actively involved in the investigation with law enforcement authorities, including the FBI. Further information on this case should come from law enforcement authorities who are handling the investigation.