FAIRBANKS, Alaska – A passport application investigation has led to the arrest of an AWOL sailor running from a Navy investigation.
The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that 26-year-old Royce Allen Eagle of Virginia has been charged with perjury, unsworn falsification and making a false report.
According to court records, Eagle is accused of obtaining a fraudulent Alaska birth certificate to hide his true identity.
Eagle, who went by the name Rick Engle in Alaska, deserted the Navy in 2007 during an investigation. No details were available on the Navy probe.
Authorities said the U.S. Diplomatic Security Service began investigating Eagle this year when he applied for a passport using a fake Social Security number.
Information from: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com
(This version CORRECTS headlines to sailor.)