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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Dorchester Man Convicted Of Wire Fraud And Aggravated Identity Theft

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BOSTON – A federal jury today convicted a Dorchester man for his role in a wire fraud and identity theft scheme.

Jean Exume, 31, was convicted of 22 counts of wire fraud and three counts of aggravated identity theft following a six-day jury trial.

Exume was convicted of using fraudulently obtained bank cards belonging to Bank of America customers who primarily were living in the Greater Boston area. The cards then were used to purchase tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of postal money orders. Exume was also convicted of using fraudulent Florida driver’s licenses in the names of these customers in connection with the purchases. Exume also used the Bank of America cards to withdraw funds directly from the customers’ accounts.

U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton scheduled sentencing for Nov. 7, 2013. The statutory maximum penalty for each of the wire fraud charges is 30 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000, restitution and forfeiture. The mandatory penalty for an aggravated identity theft conviction is two years in prison to be followed by one year of supervised release.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Kevin M. Niland, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Boston Division, and Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis made the announcement today. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Vassili Thomadakis of Ortiz’s Economic Crimes Unit and Amy Harman Burkart of Ortiz’s Cybercrime Unit.