Airport Worker Allegedly Had Man's ID Before Death

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This November 24, 2009 photo shows Continental Airlines jets on the tarmac at Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. THe New York City skyline is in the background. Newark Liberty International Airport (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

More details are emerging in the case of a Newark Liberty Airport security supervisor who allegedly has been using the identity of a dead man for the last 20 years.

Law enforcement authorities involved in the investigation say Nigerian Bimbo Oyewole began using the identity of Queens, N.Y., resident Jerry Thomas three weeks before Thomas was shot and killed in 1992.

New Jersey's attorney general's office is working with the NYPD and other authorities to determine if Oyewole had any role in Thomas' death, which is unsolved.

As Thomas, Oyewole worked first as a security guard and then as a supervisor for a private security firm at Newark Liberty. He pleaded not guilty Tuesday to second-degree identity theft and is being held on $250,000 bail


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