Police believe a Newakr Liberty Airport security supervisor purchased a birth certificate and Social Security number 20 years ago from an intermediary who had bought them from a man
who was later murdered.

Police in New York say they suspect that's how Bimbo Olumuyiwa  Oyewole  assumed the name of Jerry Thomas and hid the fact he was in the country illegally.

Oyewole was arrested Monday. The 55-year-old Nigerian faces an identity theft charge and possible deportation.

NYPD police spokesman Paul Browne said Wednesday it's believed Thomas sold his identification papers to a Nigerian cabbie and then the driver later sold them to Oyewole. New Jersey officials say the airport worker began using the papers three weeks before Thomas' 1992 murder.

Until his arrest, Oyewole worked for a private security company at Newark's Liberty airport.

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