MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon fugitive recently arrested at the University of Texas, Arlington, has a history of using aliases and supplied a fake identity to enroll in a graduate program there, authorities said.
Daniel Charles Ray Hanson, 42, is jailed in Fort Worth, Texas, on a felony charge of tampering with a government document and has previously gone by aliases including Skylar Michael Gregory Joyner, Skylar Michael Dal Porto and Michael Gregory Joyner, the Mail Tribune reported Monday.
It wasn't clear if Hanson had retained an attorney. Authorities didn't return calls from the Mail Tribune.
The newspaper obtained a 28-page report from University of Texas police detailing a monthslong investigation into Hanson's activities and identity that involved fingerprint experts and law enforcement agencies in Oregon, Texas and California. Some of the report was redacted.
During the Texas investigation, authorities realized Hanson was wanted on a 2001 forgery warrant in Oregon over falsifying his birth date so he could enroll in a local high school. He pretended to be a 17-year-old homeless boy when he was already in his 20s and had graduated in 1994.
He was enrolled at the University of Texas, Arlington's School of Social Work under the name Skylar Michael Gregory Joyner. In January, the school's Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services authorized a tuition waiver under the false ID, granting him a tuition waiver that totaled $14,588 for fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
An angry outburst in April led five professors and another student to file more than 30 pages of complaints against him, and school administrators decided to remove him from the doctoral program. As part of that process, administrators asked the university police to perform a background check.
University police gathered Hanson's fingerprint cards from police agencies in Oregon, and Medford police interviewed Hanson's father to confirm his identity.
A warrant for his arrest was issued May 11 by Texas authorities after a trained fingerprint examiner confirmed they matched the others. By then, Hanson had left his apartment.
He was arrested in October in Atlanta, the newspaper said.
Oregon court records show Hanson was convicted of felony arson and misdemeanor reckless endangering in a 1995 case for setting fires and damaging property at a Salem dormitory for the Tokyo International University of America, which is affiliated with Willamette University.
Hanson had a full-ride scholarship to Willamette that year, previous news reports show.
Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/