Prosecutors want 3-year prison sentence for notorious impostor

DETROIT (AP) - Federal prosecutors are recommending three years in prison for a Detroit-area impostor who inspired an award-winning film about being someone else.

William Street Jr. pleaded guilty in September to identity theft. He was supposed to be sentenced last Thursday but the hearing has been moved to today.

Police investigating bad checks caught Street a year ago with a doctor's coat bearing the name of William Stratton. Stratton works for a Maryland defense contractor and is a graduate of West Point but he's not a doctor.

Street has convictions going back decades. He even fooled the Detroit Tigers into giving him a tryout in the 1970s.

He was the inspiration for the movie "Chameleon Street," which won a major prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival.

Published: Mon, Feb 08, 2016


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