Lloyd Irvin Taylor, 70, is a former certified public accountant. He was arrested April 5 following a grand jury indictment. The U.S. government has seized approximately $1.8 million in gold from his assets in offshore bank accounts to determine if the assets came from criminal activity.
Taylor has a colorful history, including an unsuccessful run for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1975 and held a Bar Association license as an attorney until 1988, according to court records.
Taylor is alleged to have used the identities of six children who died in the San Francisco Bay area in the early 1950s. He apparently used public records to research them, and discovered they did not have Social Security numbers before their deaths.
The charges allege Taylor showed up at the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, Hungary on July 7, 2003 and claimed the identity of one of the deceased children. He got a passport in that name.
Taylor also appeared at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, several months later. He wrote that his passport “was in the hip pocket of my pants when the pants were washed in the washing machine.” He allegedly presented identification of another deceased child and got a passport.
Taylor allegedly did the same thing in another child’s name on April 23, 2004 at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany. The U.S. Attorney says Taylor used false passports to travel to Switzerland, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.
Because of the alleged identity theft, a U.S. District Court magistrate judge ordered Taylor to be detained without bail in the Metropolitan Correctional Center. He has pleaded not guilty.