U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
April, 14, 2011
RUSSIAN NATIONAL INDICTED FOR IDENTITY THEFT, PASSPORT & WIRE FRAUD
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Russian national, purporting to be an American citizen, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Providence, R.I., on Wednesday on charges of identity theft, wire and passport fraud. It is alleged that the defendant took over the identity of a resident of Ireland who holds dual citizenships in the United States and Ireland.
United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the indictment of Evgueni Tetioukhine, 42, of Warwick, R.I. Tetioukhine was arrested in November 2010, following an investigation that began when an individual living in Ireland filed a complaint with Warwick, R.I. police alleging that he discovered through the Internet that his identity and personal information had been stolen by a man living in Warwick.
According to court documents on file in the U.S. District Court in Providence, the victim contacted Warwick Police in July 2010 alleging that his identity and personal information were being used by a Russian couple living in Warwick, R.I. The victim told police he discovered the use of his identity and identified individuals using his identity through Internet searches, an Internet social networking site and email.
According to court documents, the defendant assumed the identity of the victim and used it to obtain, among other things, a social security card, a passport, a Rhode Island driver’s license, a mortgage in the amount of $260,000 and a United States Department of Education student aid loan in the amount of $14,756.84.
Tetioukhine is scheduled to be arraigned in U.S. District Court on April 20, 2011. The defendant was ordered detained in November 2010 following his initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin.
An indictment is merely an allegation and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie S. Browne.
The matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of State, Diplomatic Security Service; ICE's Homeland Security Investigations; U.S. Department of Education; and Warwick Police.