Haitian Man Sentenced To Prison in Connection with Wire Fraud Conspiracy
BOSTON – A Haitian man who previously resided in Florida was sentenced today in federal court in Boston in connection with the fraudulent abuse of the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) Informed Delivery electronic notification system.
Peter Belony, 34, a Haitian national who resided in Margate, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $177,086 in restitution.
In June 2019, Belony pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Belony and his co-conspirators, Fred Alcius, Lucson Appolon, and Kevens Louis were charged on April 9, 2019. Co-conspirators Appolon and Louis have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing, and Alcius remains a fugitive.
Informed Delivery is a free electronic notification service provided by the USPS that gives residential and P.O. Box customers the ability to digitally preview their incoming mail and manage their packages.
According to the indictment, the defendants accessed victims’ personal identifying information, including names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, and addresses on the “dark web” and then used the information to open credit cards in the victims’ names. The defendants then subscribed to Informed Delivery using the victims’ personal identifying information and a fraudulent email address created to track the delivery of credit cards to the victims’ residential mailboxes. The defendants subsequently intercepted the credit cards at the victims’ mailboxes before the victims could receive them and used those credit cards at ATMs and to purchase gift cards and other items for resale at Apple and Walmart, among other retail establishments. The defendants traveled to states across the East Coast in furtherance of the fraud, including New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.
United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and Joseph W. Cronin, Inspector in Charge of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service made the announcement today. Valuable assistance was provided by Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; the Concord, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.), Harvard, Kittery (Maine), Norfolk, Plantation (Fla.), Sherborn, and Weston Police Departments. Assistant U.S. Attorney Mackenzie A. Queenin of Lelling’s Cybercrime Unit prosecuted the case.