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Boston man charged with pandemic fraud and other offenses

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Authorities say Alphonse submitted the false documents on behalf of others and used other people’s personally identifiable information.

A 28-year-old Boston man will plead guilty after authorities say he stole pandemic relief funds, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Rachael S. Rollins.

Beginning around May 2020, 28-year-old Jammy Alphonse submitted false Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claims in order to obtain benefits under the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act, according to the communicated,

Authorities say Alphonse submitted the false documents on behalf of others and used other people’s personally identifiable information.

Alphonse and his co-conspirators allegedly created email accounts that they used only to submit the bogus claims from Alphonse’s home in Everett and other locations, Rollins said.

The funds were then deposited into accounts in Alphonse’s name or in the name of a co-conspirator, according to the statement.

In addition to fraud, Alphonse faces various other charges. He agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to wire fraud, misrepresenting a social security number, aggravated identity theft, possession of a firearm and ammunition, and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl, according to officials.

In February 2021, Alphonse allegedly submitted an application to rent a property in East Boston using another person’s name, social security number and date of birth, according to authorities.

Alphonse resided in this apartment from February 2021 until approximately August 2021, when he was arrested for a federal firearms offense, according to the release.

A search of the apartment yielded a loaded Glock Model 43X, a 9-millimeter firearm, 47 rounds and 40 grams or more of fentanyl, Rollins said.

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 Cambridge shooting, the statement said.

Alphonse has remained in detention since that date.



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