Serial fraudster pleads guilty in US District Court in Maryland to two new fraud schemes and to violating his probation for a previous federal fraud conviction | USAO-MD
BaltimoreMaryland – Jason Evans, 47, formerly of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, pleaded guilty yesterday to two counts of bank fraud, in connection with two separate fraud schemes, aggravated identity theft and violation of his supervised release on a previous federal conviction for bank fraud.
The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; United States Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Bo Keane – Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Russell E. Hamill III of the Laurel Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, in 2015, Evans was sentenced to four years in federal prison and began five years of supervised release on January 17, 2018. Evans admitted that from June 29, 2019 to August 30, 2019, he fraudulently obtained and used a credit card in the name and under the identity of “JM” using JM’s name, date of birth and social security number. The bank approving the credit card application has also opened a business account linked to this credit card. Evans then obtained a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license bearing J.M.’s name and a photograph of Evans, with the date of birth changed to match Evans’ age.
On July 30, 2019, Evans took the credit card and counterfeit driver’s license to a bank in the 7900 block of Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and requested a cash advance of $14,400, which the bank approved. The next day, Evan used the credit card and fake Pennsylvania driver’s license at a store in Annapolis, Maryland to buy Apple products for a total of $12,114.74, including nine iPhone XS cell phones. Max. On August 6, 2019, Evans presented the credit card and fake Pennsylvania driver’s license in JM’s name to a bank on the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard in Laurel, Maryland, and requested a cash advance of $14,400. The cash advance was not immediately approved due to a problem with the bank’s computer system, but before the system could be restarted and the transaction identified as fraudulent, Evans left the bank, leaving behind him the fraudulently obtained credit card and forged license in the name of JM.
Evans obtained or attempted to obtain at least $65,000 using accounts opened under the identity of JM and other victims.
On December 11, 2019, Evans was charged with bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in U.S. District Court in Maryland, as well as violating his probation. Evans was placed under 24/7 house arrest with electronic monitoring. On October 19, 2020, Evans was released under curfew, but still had electronic monitoring. On April 21, 2021, Evans was released from electronic monitoring.
After being removed from the 24/7 lockdown, Evans resumed his criminal conduct with a brand new fraud scheme. From or around January 12, 2021 to or around August 2, 2021, Evans used counterfeit credit cards bearing real account numbers from two separate, federally insured banks to purchase gift cards and d other items at grocery stores in Delaware, Pennsylvania. and Maryland, ultimately securing at least $59,837.79 in gift cards. Counterfeit credit cards were embossed with the number to be used, but were not properly encoded so they were not “swiped” and had to be manually entered by attendants.
Evans used two separate counterfeit credit cards to purchase a Visa gift card for $450, plus a $5.59 fee, at a grocery store in Lusby, Maryland on June 21, 2021, and to purchase a card- Visa gift of $480, plus a $5.59 fee and a $1.00 donation to charity, at a grocery store in Bel Air, Maryland on July 9, 2021.
On July 25, 2021, Evans was arrested in Delaware following an attempted fraudulent transaction and was found to have in his possession counterfeit credit cards and IDs, an embosser and Drugs.
As part of his plea deal, Evan will have to waive and pay compensation for the full amount of the victims’ losses, which is at least $124,837.79.
Evans and the government have agreed that, if the Court accepts the plea deal, Evans will be sentenced to between 57 and 66 months in federal prison, not including the expected sentence of eight to 14 months in prison for violating probation, that U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett advised Evans that he would consecutively impose the sentence for the new fraud offenses. Judge Bennett set the sentence for July 18, 2022 at 11 a.m.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron commended the United States Secret Service and the Laurel Police Department for their work in the investigation and thanked the United States Probation Office and the Delaware Department of Justice for their aid. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tamera L. Fine and Paul A. Riley, who are prosecuting the case.
For more information about the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and the resources available to report fraud, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md /report-fraud.
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