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United Airlines Flight Attendant Works For 23 Years With Stolen Identity

One Mile At A Time

Brazilian man becomes United flight attendant for 23 years

Ricardo Cesar Guedes is a Brazilian man who was born in 1972 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. However, for the past 23 years he has been working as a United Airlines flight attendant using the name Eric Ladd. How could this happen?

  • Over two decades ago, Guedes managed to convince officials to issue him a United States passport in the name of William Ericson Ladd (which Guedes later shortened to Eric Ladd)
  • The “real” Ladd was born in 1974 (two years after Guedes) in Atlanta, and tragically died in a car accident at the age of four
  • Sure enough, Guedes was issued a passport in Ladd’s name, and even had that renewed several times, and also managed to get a residency permit for his partner using his stolen identity
  • Guedes then started working as a United Airlines flight attendant in the late 1990s using his stolen identity, where he worked until recently


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