- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 7, 2003

ST. JOHN'S, Antigua Sniper suspect John Allen Muhammad made his living in Antigua selling falsified documents to immigrants trying to reach the United States, according to a government report released yesterday.
Mr. Muhammad sold at least 20 falsified documents including U.S. birth certificates and driver's licenses earning him $60,000, the report by a government-appointed task force concluded.
"He found a fertile market in selling forged U.S. travel documents," said John Fuller, chairman of a task force charged with investigating Mr. Muhammad's activities in Antigua and Barbuda.
Mr. Muhammad reputedly sold most of the falsified documents to Jamaican citizens. Mr. Fuller said authorities suspect one of his clients was Una James, the mother of 17-year-old sniper co-defendant John Lee Malvo of Jamaica.
Miss James was recently deported back to Jamaica from the United States.
U.S. authorities say they have linked Mr. Muhammad, a 42-year-old U.S. Army veteran, and Mr. Malvo to 18 shootings, including 13 deaths, in Maryland, Virginia, the District, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
Mr. Muhammad and Mr. Malvo were arrested Oct. 24 at a rest stop along Interstate 70 in Frederick County, Md. Both are charged with capital murder and will be tried first in Virginia. The two are believed to have met in Antigua.
Authorities believe Mr. Muhammad "held onto Malvo as security" because Mr. Malvo's mother didn't pay Mr. Muhammad for her falsified U.S. documents, the task force said in the report.
The 12-page report was initially scheduled for release Dec. 30, but the appearance of new evidence delayed it until yesterday, officials said.
The four-member task force, appointed in late October, has been investigating Mr. Muhammad's activities while he lived in the Caribbean country in 2000 and 2001.
The names of four witnesses were blacked out. Mr. Fuller said they wanted to remain anonymous.
Mr. Muhammad reportedly purchased large numbers of airline tickets at once for those to whom he sold documents and sometimes accompanied clients on trips to the United States.
The task force also was investigating how Mr. Muhammad fraudulently obtained an Antiguan passport by falsifying his U.S. birth certificate and that of an Antiguan woman, Eva Ferris, whom he falsely claimed was his mother.
Mr. Muhammad used the passport so that he wouldn't need an Antiguan work permit, Mr. Fuller said.
He illegally obtained four Antiguan passports in all, but Mr. Fuller said they "were of little value in the market, as possession of one did little or nothing to assist anyone getting to the U.S.A."
Nevertheless,Mr. Fuller said Mr. Muhammad obtained those passports "as a result of carelessness on the part of the passport office staff."
Authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Janet Harris, a private school principal in Antigua, who may have lied to certify Mr. Muhammad's passport application, Mr. Fuller said.
The task force previously revealed that Mr. Muhammad spoke of planning to kidnap Prime Minister Lester Bird and use explosives to rob a bank. There have been no public reports he ever acted on those supposed comments.

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