United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced today that a federal grand jury returned an eighteen-count indictment charging three Florida residents each with three counts of Wire Fraud and three counts of Aggravated Identity Theft in violation of Title 18, United States Code Sections 1028(A)(a)(1) and 1343. The defendants are Adam Yves Paul (30), of Gainesville, Florida; Frantz Aubert Nelson, (28) of Miramar, Florida; and Yann Asmael Poye (24) of Pembroke Pines, Florida.
According to the charges, the defendants obtained stolen identities and banking information of Wisconsin residents and then traveled throughout Southeastern Wisconsin to make unauthorized withdrawals from automated teller machines (ATMs). The total amount of loss caused by the scheme is not known. However, Paul used stolen identities to withdraw at least $73,290.23, Nelson used stolen identities to withdraw at least $35,564.76, and Poye used stolen identities to withdraw at least $23,439.37.
United States Attorney Krueger commented, “Identity theft is far too common in our digital age. Criminals need to know that federal law mandates at least two years in prison for aggravated identity theft. The United States Government is committed to investigating and prosecuting this crime aggressively.”
The maximum penalties for each count of Wire Fraud is 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. The Aggravated Identity Theft charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years of imprisonment and up to a $250,000 fine.
This matter is being investigated by the United States Secret Service’s Milwaukee Financial Crimes Task Force. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Zachary Corey. The public is cautioned that an indictment is merely a charge and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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