Serial Identity Theft Scammer Sentenced to Six Years in Federal Prison for Bank Fraud

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Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Jason Evans, age 48, of Millsboro, Delaware, to six years in federal prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for bank fraud, aggravated identity theft, and for violating the conditions of his supervised release.  The Court also ordered Evans to pay a total of $124,837.79 in restitution.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Bo Keane of the United States Secret Service – Baltimore Field Office; Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal E. Awad; and Chief Russell E. Hamill III of the Laurel Police Department.

According to his plea agreement, beginning in January 2018, Evans was on supervised release from a prior federal fraud and identity theft conviction.  Despite this, from June 2019 to August 2019, Evans used the identities of multiple victims to fraudulently obtain funds from financial institutions in the form of credit card accounts and cash advances.

For example, Evans submitted a fraudulent credit card application to a financial institution (financial institution 1) by using the name and personal identifying information of Victim 1.  Financial institution 1 subsequently approved the fraudulent application and established a credit card account in Victim 1’s name and mailed the card to an address controlled by Evans.  Additionally, in June 2019, Evans used a counterfeit Pennsylvania driver’s license in the name of Victim 1 to obtain a cash advance of $14,400 from financial institution 1.

In July 2019, Evans used a counterfeit license with the identifying information of Victim 1 and his picture to purchase nine smartphones from an Annapolis, Maryland smartphone store.  Evans charged $12, 114.74 using a credit card in Victim 1’s name and identity.  In total, Evans attempted to obtain at least $65,000 under Victim 1’s and other victims’ identities.

As stated in his guilty plea, while Evans was on pretrial release, Evans resumed his criminal conduct with an entirely new scheme.  From January 2021 to August 2021, Evans used counterfeit cards from two financial institutions to purchase gift cards and other items from grocery stores in Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.  As a result of this scheme, Evans obtained $59, 837.79 in gift cards.  He was arrested again in July 2021 for this criminal conduct.

United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised the Secret Service, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and the Laurel Police Department for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tamera Fine and Paul A. Riley, who prosecuted the case.

For more information on the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, its priorities, and resources available to help the community, please visit www.justice.gov/usao-md and https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.  To report fraud, visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/report-fraud.

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