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Alleged Kidnapper Sentenced to 18 Months for Making False Statements to Receive Federal Benefits

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Connecticut

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,” 67, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall in New Haven to 18 months of imprisonment for receiving federal benefits while living in the U.S. under an assumed name for approximately 30 years.

As alleged in court documents, Allan Mann, who is a Canadian citizen, abducted his 21-month-old son, Jermaine Allan Mann, on June 24, 1987, during a court-ordered visit in Toronto, Canada.  Allan Mann 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 also participated in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Section 8 subsidized housing program at various times since 2004.  Mann, who most recently resided in Section 8 subsidized housing in Vernon, Connecticut, made multiple false statements on HUD forms he signed in connection with his participation in the Section 8 program.  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 has been detained since his arrest on October 26, 2018.  On August 22, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement.

Judge Hall ordered Mann to pay restitution of $18,512.05 to the Medicaid program and $34,744 to HUD.

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 was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Hal Chen.

Updated November 14, 2019