Former Arizona Man Sentenced to 5 Years for Stealing Mainers’ Identities as Part of Pandemic Unemployment Fraud Scheme
PORTLAND, Maine: An Atlanta, Georgia man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Portland today for conspiracy to commit bank fraud.
Chief U.S. District Judge Jon D. Levy sentenced Mantavious Jones, 35, to 16 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Jones pleaded guilty on March 23, 2023.
According to court records, in March 2022, Jones and coconspirators stole checks out of the mailboxes of local businesses then used the stolen checks to create counterfeit checks. The counterfeit checks were made payable to unhoused individuals Jones and others recruited to cash them. Jones and his coconspirators netted just under $70,000 from the cashed counterfeit checks.
The New England Cyber Fraud Task Force and Kennebunk Police Department investigated the case with valuable assistance from the Saco and Scarborough police departments.
Sean M. Green, Assistant United States Attorney (207-780-3257)