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Impostor who inspired film back in court

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Posted at 2:54 AM, Sep 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-24 02:54:27-04

A Detroit-area impostor who inspired an award-winning film is returning to court in a case of alleged identity theft.

Federal prosecutors in Detroit anticipate a guilty plea Thursday from William Street Jr., who authorities say was found with documents and a doctor's coat bearing the name of a Maryland man.

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

He was the inspiration for "Chameleon Street," which won a major prize at the 1990 Sundance Film Festival. Defense attorney Joseph Arnone acknowledges Street's "long history."

The FBI says Street obtained diplomas, transcripts and a U.S. Military Academy class ring in the name of William Benn Stratton, who's not actually a doctor.

Street was arrested in February in suburban Detroit.