A bond of $1 million was set in court this morning for an American Eagle flight attendant accused of stealing another man's identity to fly around the world.
Jophan Porter, 38, was charged with six counts of identity fraud Friday and is currently in Miami-Dade County jail. He also faces multiple counts of possessing stolen or fraudulent identification and forgery.
Porter assumed the identity of Anthony Frair, who lives in New York and claims not to know the man, authorities claim.
Authorities said Porter is from Guyana and is in the country illegally.
In light of supposed tighter federal screening rules after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the FBI and other agencies are trying to figure out how Porter was able to beat the enhanced screening and be hired as a flight attendant.
American Eagle and Fort Worth-based American Airlines are owned by the same parent company which issued this statement:
"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."
Porter was arrested at Miami International Airport and had several driver's licenses, a passport and a Department of Transportation identification card with the name Anthony Frair on them, an arrest report stated.
Porter had just got back to Miami from a London flight and was scheduled to work a flight to Dallas, sources said.
The real Anthony Frair was trying to apply for food stamps when he discovered the fraud and alerted authorities, the report said.