Boston man sentenced to more than seven years in prison for pandemic fraud, identity theft, firearm and drug offenses | USAO-MA

BOSTON — A Boston man was convicted Sept. 15, 2022, of fraud, identity theft, firearm and drug offenses.

Jammy Alphonse, 28, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 94 months in prison and four years on probation. On May 19, 2022, Alphonse pleaded guilty to conspiracy to wire fraud, misrepresenting a social security number, aggravated identity theft, possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession in the intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.

Beginning in or around May 2020, Alphonse conspired to obtain Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, which were made available under the Aid, Relief and Recovery Act. economic security against coronavirus. Specifically, Alphonse conspired to submit false PUA claims on behalf of other people and using other people’s personally identifiable information. Alphonse and his co-conspirators created email accounts for the purpose of submitting fraudulent PUA claims from Alphonse’s residence in Everett and other locations. The fraudulently obtained funds were then directed to accounts held in Alphonse’s name or in the name of a co-conspirator.

Additionally, in February 2021, Alphonse submitted an application to rent a property in East Boston using another person’s name, social security number, and date of birth. As a result, Alphonse resided in this apartment from approximately February 2021 until August 6, 2021, when he was arrested for a federal firearms offense. A search of the apartment revealed, among other items, a loaded Glock Model 43X, a 9mm firearm, 47 rounds of rounds and approximately 75 grams or more of fentanyl.

Alphonse had previously been arrested and charged in August 2021 with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon following a July 2021 shooting in Cambridge, Mass. Alphonse remained in custody since that date.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; Andrew Murphy, Special Agent in Charge, US Secret Service, Boston Field Office; Jonathan Mellone, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, Investigations of Racketeering and Labor Fraud; Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox; and Cambridge Police Commissioner Christine Elow made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Mackenzie Duane of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit prosecuted the case.

On May 17, 2021, the Attorney General established the COVID-19 Fraud Enforcement Task Force to mobilize Department of Justice resources in partnership with government agencies to scale up enforcement and prevention efforts. pandemic-related fraud. The task force strengthens efforts to investigate and prosecute the most culpable domestic and international criminal actors and assists agencies administering relief programs to prevent fraud, among other methods, by increasing and integrating coordination mechanisms existing ones, identifying resources and techniques to uncover fraudulent actors and their agendas, and sharing and leveraging information and knowledge gained from previous enforcement efforts. For more information about the Department’s response to the pandemic, please visit https://www.justice.gov/coronavirus.

Anyone with information about alleged attempted fraud involving COVID-19 can report it by calling the Department of Justice’s National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) hotline at 866-720-5721 or through the complaint form NCDF online at: https://www. .justice.gov/disaster-fraud/ncdf-disaster-complaint-form.

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