Jewish Convert Pleads to Stealing Dead Vet's Identity

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A man who took the identity of a dead Navy veteran after converting to Judaism pleads guilty to using a false name to apply for a U.S. passport in Wichita.

Ted Riley Floyd admitted Monday that he had gone by the name Nathaniel James Levi for six years. He moved in 2002 to the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood, N.J., where he lived with his wife and children.

The 28-year-old Floyd used the false name and Social Security number in March 2002 when he applied for a passport in Wichita.

Floyd will be sentenced to a year and a day in jail.

The news of Floyd's identity shocked the large Lithuanian community in Lakewood.

Rabbi Nissim Wernick of the Hebrew Congregation in Wichita has said Floyd changed his name apparently so he could travel to Israel as part of his conversion.

Floyd has refused to eat for four days in the county jail while waiting for authorities to make arrangements to serve him kosher meals.

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