Washington Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Alaskans Out of Approximately $2.7 Million
Spouse was Convicted of Social Security Fraud
Anchorage, Alaska – Acting U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Floyd Jay Mann, Jr., 55, of Puyallup, Washington, pleaded guilty in Anchorage yesterday to all counts charged against him, to include 11 counts of wire fraud and 8 counts of money laundering, regarding a scheme to defraud Alaskans out of approximately $2.7 million. His wife, Cheryl Mann, 52, also of Puyallup, was convicted in Seattle on Friday, July 7, 2017, of one count of social security fraud.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aunnie Steward, who prosecuted the case against Floyd Mann in the District of Alaska, Floyd Mann defrauded several Alaska residents of approximately $2.7 million by falsely leading the victims to believe that he was the recipient of a multimillion-dollar settlement from a class-action lawsuit with a pharmaceutical company. Mann told victims that if they helped to pay Mann’s medical bills and other lawsuit-related expenses, the victims would be paid back plus a substantial return on their money, but only after Mann’s multimillion-dollar settlement was released by the court. In fact, Mann did not use the victim’s money to pay medical bills. There was no lawsuit settlement, and Mann used the money he obtained from the victims to gamble at a casino, collecting over $1 million in jackpots while receiving need-based social security benefits.
According to Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Diggs, who prosecuted the case against Floyd Mann’s wife, Cheryl Mann, in the Western District of Washington, during the course of Floyd Mann’s scheme, he and his wife Cheryl Mann and their son collected approximately $81,000 in need-based Supplemental Security Income benefits. Cheryl Mann was the designated payee for Floyd Mann and their son and responsible for reporting any changes in the household income or assets. During this time, Cheryl Mann won approximately $125,000 by gambling at a casino. That income, as well as the funds obtained by her husband, disqualified the Manns from the public assistance they received. At her sentencing on July 7, 2017, Cheryl Mann was ordered to pay $81,000 in restitution and serve three years of probation.
Floyd Mann is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 11, 2017, in Anchorage.
For Floyd Mann’s charges, the law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine or both. Under federal sentencing statutes, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The IRS Criminal Investigations, FBI, and Social Security Office of Inspector General, conducted the investigation in this case.