U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
December 28, 2011
Russian National Sentenced to 48 Months in Federal Prison for Aggravated Identity Theft, Passport & Wire Fraud
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Russian national convicted by a federal jury in September 2011 in U.S. District Court in Providence of aggravated identity theft; wire, passport and social security fraud; and making false statements on mortgage and federal student loan applications was sentenced today to 48 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of supervised release. Evgueni Tetioukhine, 40, of Warwick, R.I., was also ordered to pay $850 restitution to the person whose identity he stole, for expenses incurred by the victim when he traveled from Dublin, Ireland to testify against the defendant.
Tetioukhine’s sentence, which was imposed by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Mary M. Lisi, was announced by United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha.
Evidence was presented to the jury, including testimony by the victim, Fionghal S. MacEoghan, of Dublin, Ireland, that Warwick Police were contacted in July 2010 after Mr. MacEoghan discovered through Facebook and the Internet that his identity and personal information had been stolen and were being used by an individual living in Warwick, R.I.
Evidence presented to the jury showed that Tetioukhine began using Mr. MacEoghan’s identity one day after a visa allowing him to be in the United States expired in October 1991. Tetioukhine used Mr. MacEoghan’s personal information to obtain, among other things, a social security card, a passport, a home mortgage in the amount of $260,000 and United States Department of Education student loans totaling $14,756.84.
Tetioukhine has been detained since his arrest in November 2010.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ly T. Chin and Richard W. Rose.
The matter was investigated by the U.S. Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service; Homeland Security Investigations (HSI-ICE); U.S. Department of Education – Office of Inspector General; Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General; and Warwick Police.