A.k.a. Fake ID

Posted April 16, 2004 at 6:13pm

A man who uses at least four aliases and sneaked into a restricted area of the Library of Congress by using a female staffer’s lost Congressional identification plead guilty last week to one count of false personation of an officer or employee of the United States and one count of false and fictitious statements. Phillip Douglas, a.k.a. Reginald David Johnson, a.k.a. Raymond Roger Jones, a.k.a. Roger Turner, a.k.a. David Jackson, 29, faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced August 10 by U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina. [IMGCAP(1)]

According to the government’s evidence, Howard entered an employees-only section of the LOC Feb. 3 via the Cannon House Office Building tunnel and showed a LOC police officer an official 108th Congressional ID card that had been reported lost by its female owner in November. After he was confronted with the fact that the card wasn’t his, Howard continued to maintain that he was a Congressional staffer and that he was going to return the borrowed card that evening. He then apparently pretended to make a phone call to his Congressional “office” to confirm that he had left his own ID on his desk. After further interrogation, Howard opened his bag to reveal a passport belonging to yet another woman.

In a statement, U.S. Attorney Roscoe Howard praised the work of LOC sergeants Benjamin Green and Dianne Ashton and Capitol Police Special Agent Andre Pecher, as well as Assistant U.S. Attorney Brenda Johnson.

Mail Delivery. More than 10 weeks after the discovery of ricin halted mail delivery on Capitol Hill, House officials announced the backlog of letters and other items has finally been distributed to offices.

“All incoming mail to the House of Representatives is now routed through the new secure mail process as quickly as possible when it is received by the House,” House Chief Administrative Officer Jay Eagen wrote in an April 15 “Dear Colleague” letter.

Mail sent to House offices is now processed in an off-site facility, where it is opened, tested and quarantined before being delivered.

Interethnic Dialogue. The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, a national nonprofit organization that aims to improve relations between ethnic groups, will host its Third Interethnic Congressional Staff Forum from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. today in room B-354 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

This year’s discussion will focus on the effect of immigration and racial profiling on ethnic communities. Panelists include Gideon Aronoff of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Katherine Culliton; Julie Fernandes of the Leadership Council on Civil Rights; and the National Asian Pacific American Legal Consortium’s Traci Hong.

— Suzanne Nelson, Jennifer Yachnin and Bree Hocking