Alleged Kidnapper Pleads Guilty to Making False Statements to Hide Identity, Receive Federal Benefits
John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALLAN MANN, JR., also known as “Hailee Randolph DeSouza” and Hailey R. DeSouza,” 66, pleaded guilty today in New Haven federal court to a false statement offense related to his living in the U.S. under an assumed name for approximately 30 years.
As alleged in court documents, Allan Mann abducted his 21-month-old son, Jermaine Allan Mann, on June 24, 1987, during a court-ordered visit in Toronto, Canada. Allan Mann, who is a Canadian citizen, and his son subsequently entered the U.S. Allan Mann changed his name to Hailee Randolph DeSouza, changed the name of his son, and acquired counterfeit birth certificates for him and his son. Allan Mann has never applied for nor received citizenship status in the U.S.
In June 1990, Mann, using the name Hailee Randolph DeSouza, applied for and received a Social Security Number. In support of this application, Mann presented his counterfeit birth certificate. In May 2018, Mann, using his alias, applied for a replacement Social Security card.
Mann has participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Section 8 subsidized housing program at various times since 2004. Mann most recently resided in Section 8 subsidized housing in Vernon, Connecticut. Mann has made multiple false statements on HUD forms he signed in connection with his participation in the Section 8 program, and HUD has paid approximately $126,744 in housing assistance payments on Mann’s behalf.
Mann also made multiple false statements on applications to participate in the State of Connecticut’s Medicaid program. Since January 2014, Medicaid has paid $52,970.19 in claims on behalf of Mann, and approximately $2,876.37 on behalf of his son.
Mann pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years. As part of his plea agreement, Mann has agreed to make restitution of $18,512.05 the Medicaid program, and $34,744 to HUD. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall on November 14, 2019.
Mann has been detained since October 26, 2018, when he was arrested on a criminal complaint.
An immigration detainer has been issued, and Mann faces removal proceedings at the conclusion of his sentence. Canadian authorities have advised the U.S. government that Canada will seek to extradite Mann based on an outstanding warrant for abduction.
This matter is being investigated by the U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services –Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Social Security Administration – Office of Inspector General, Toronto Police Service, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Vernon Police Department. The Missing Children Society of Canada and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children have provided critical assistance to the investigation.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Hal Chen.