By Willard Shepard and Brian Hamacher
The American Eagle flight attendant accused of stealing another man’s identity to fly around the world used the same fake driver’s license when he was arrested in the Tampa Bay area three years ago, records show.
Jophan Porter, who was arrested at Miami International Airport last week on forgery and identity theft charges, was arrested in Largo in 2008 on charges that included aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Authorities said Porter, 38, assumed the identity of New York resident Anthony Frair, and was carrying a U.S. passport, three driver’s licenses, an FAA certification, and American Eagle ID in Frair’s name at the time of his June 17 arrest.
Porter gave the same bogus license to police in 2008 that he gave Miami-Dade police last week. Police said he would have been fingerprinted when he was charged with the battery.
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