Impostor case leads to charges

July 29, 1994|By Robert A. Erlandson | Robert A. Erlandson,Sun Staff Writer

The state Motor Vehicle Administration has filed charges against a 20-year-old Baltimore County man they allege obtained a driver's license by impersonating a Parkville man who was slain execution-style last December.

The warrant, taken out in Anne Arundel District Court in Glen Burnie, charges Brian James Everett of the first block of Perry Falls Place with making a false entry in a public record and with causing an unauthorized access to the MVA database.

MVA officials obtained the warrant Wednesday, and that night Baltimore County police officers checked Mr. Everett's house and other places he was known to frequent but did not find him.

Neither Baltimore County police nor the MVA would release a photograph of the man being sought -- a picture that was made Jan. 29 when an impostor applied for renewal of murder victim John Kenneth Temple's driver's license.

E. Jay Miller, county police spokesman, said yesterday that police would not release the picture because there are no county charges. Lisa Schenkel, chief MVA spokeswoman, said she is legally prohibited from making the photo public.

Police said Mr. Everett does not appear to be a suspect in the killings Dec. 3 of Mr. Temple, 26, and his wife, Lori, 22, in their Parkville apartment. Mr. Miller said county police are seeking Mr. Everett only on the MVA warrant. "We're curious why he's trying to adopt a dead man's identity," he said.

Doris J. Suter, administrator of the Baltimore County elections board, said she also would discuss with the county state's attorney possible charges of attempting to register as a voter in Mr. Temple's name -- an offense carrying maximum penalties of five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

Circumstances thwarted the impostor's attempt to obtain voter-registration cards in Baltimore city and county -- a deception that was discovered after Ms. Suter mailed a card to the address the man gave, asking him to call the elections board about his registration. Mr. Temple's father received the card and told Mrs. Suter that his son had been murdered.

In the MVA action, conviction of the false-entry charge could mean up to three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The database charge carries a penalty of up to five years and a $5,000 fine.

Charles Demby, the MVA criminal investigator on the case, said Tuesday that he planned to question the clerk who issued the renewal license in Mr. Temple's name last Jan. 29 about what identification the applicant presented.

Yesterday, however, Mr. Demby refused to talk about the case and referred inquiries to the MVA public information office.

Ms. Schenkel said she could not discuss what the clerk told investigators but added that the probe concerning her is closed. "The clerk is not under suspicion," she said.

The impostor's original renewal application was destroyed once the required information was computerized. The impostor could not have had the victim's previous license because John J. Temple, the victim'sfather, had returned it to the MVA.

Mr. Temple's family did not recognize Mr. Everett's photograph earlier this week, and the victim's father and sister said yesterday they never had heard of Mr. Everett.

MVA records show that Mr. Everett's own license has been suspended for failing to appear in District Court in Baltimore and Howard County June 8 and July 8. He was charged in the city with speeding and making an improper turn and in Howard County with running a red light.

His license was suspended in 1993 because he had accumulated at least eight points from several speeding offenses and had several other minor motor vehicle charges, according to the record.

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