- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 24, 2002

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua (AP) Police have detained a Jamaican woman on suspicion that she fraudulently obtained an Antiguan passport with assistance from U.S. sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad, an official said.
The woman was detained in Antigua and Barbuda on Friday night, said John Fuller, the head of a task force investigating the sniper suspect's activities while in the Caribbean country.
The government-appointed task force is investigating how Mr. Muhammad, a U.S. Army veteran who lived in Antigua between 2000 and 2001, falsified documents to get an Antiguan passport.
Mr. Fuller said officials have evidence that the Jamaican woman applied for her passport in September 2000 using the same birth certificate that the sniper suspect fraudulently used that of Antiguan Eva Ferris, whom Mr. Muhammad falsely claimed was his mother.
The Jamaican woman's application also was submitted with Miss Ferris' birth certificate, Mr. Fuller said, along with a falsified American birth certificate. The woman, who was to undergo questioning, had not been charged with any crime.
Mr. Muhammad and Jamaican native John Lee Malvo, 17, were arrested last month and charged with murder in the sniper killings that left 10 dead and three critically wounded in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia.
They also are charged with fatal shootings in Louisiana, Alabama and Georgia and are suspected in a shooting in Washington state.
It was the fourth Antiguan passport uncovered that was obtained using falsified copies of Miss Ferris' birth certificate.
The task force had earlier revealed that Jamaican native Norman Manroe and a Jamaican woman separately used Miss Ferris' birth paper to get their passports after Mr. Muhammad forged the documents. The woman is believed to be in Jamaica and remains free.
Mr. Manroe, who was arrested in the United States last week, will be arraigned on Tuesday in federal court in Connecticut on passport fraud charges.


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