Jewish Convert Sentenced for Assuming False Name

By: AP
By: AP

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

The indictment of 28-year-old Ted Riley Floyd shocked the Orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood, N.J., where he lived for six years with his wife and children under the assumed name of Nathaniel James Levi.

His lawyer and a Wichita rabbi who has visited Floyd in the Sedgwick County jail believe Floyd assumed the Levi name in a misguided attempt to be accepted into the strict Orthodox Jewish lifestyle.

Floyd pleaded guilty to using the false name and Social Security number in March 2002 when he applied for a passport in Wichita.

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