PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND – The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Complex Financial Crimes Task Force in Rhode Island is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Allen Bien-Aime who is wanted for his alleged involvement in a significant number of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT), and elsewhere, for benefits funded in part by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Bien-Aime is allegedly involved in complex schemes to use stolen personal identifying information belonging to Rhode Islanders, and others, to apply online for unemployment benefits, and to have those benefits direct deposited into one of many bank accounts opened expressly for receiving fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefit payments, as well as fraudulently obtained federal and state tax refunds. It is alleged that, using stolen personal identifying information, fraudulent applications were filed with RIDLT or other state unemployment systems to obtain unemployment benefits. It is also alleged that the fraudulently obtained funds were withdrawn shortly after the funds were deposited and posted to bank accounts in the names of other individuals.
On October 6, 2020, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Bien-Aime in the United States District Court, District of Rhode Island, after he was charged with Fraud by Wire; Bank Fraud; Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Bank Fraud; Access Device Fraud; Money Laundering; Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering; Aggravated Identity Theft; Theft of Public Money; and Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Public Money, Conspiracy to Commit Access Device Fraud, and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Identity Theft.
Bien-Aime is a 29-year-old Black male who is a legal U.S. citizen, with black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5’6” in height and weighs approximately 150 pounds. Bien-Aime has tattoos on his chest and left and right arms and he last resided in Lehigh Acres, Florida.
The public is being asked to review the FBI’s wanted poster that includes a photograph of Bien-Aime here: www.fbi.gov/wanted/wcc/allen-bien-aime.
Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should call the FBI Boston Division at 1-857-386-2000. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.
The FBI’s Complex Financial Crimes Task Force is comprised of the FBI, Rhode Island State Police, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the United States Secret Service. Valuable assistance has also been provided by the United States Department of Labor Office of Inspector General.