U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Alessandro Doreus, 29, Port St. Lucie, Jean Elie Doreus Jovin, 34, Loganville, GA, and Djouman Doreus, 29, North Miami, to federal prison for conspiracy to commit fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Alessandro Doreus and Jovin were each sentenced to six years and nine months in federal prison. Djouman Doreus was sentenced to five years and one-month imprisonment. All three had previously pleaded guilty.
According to the plea agreements, from at least 2015 through 2020, Jovin, Alessandro Doreus, and Djouman Doreus conspired to knowingly, and with intent to defraud, possess tens of thousands of counterfeit and unauthorized access devices—including the names, Social Security numbers, account numbers, usernames, and passwords of identity theft victims.
The conspirators frequently exchanged these counterfeit and unauthorized access devices—in bulk—among themselves. For example, in November 2018, Jovin emailed Alessandro Doreus a file that contained track 2 data for approximately 58,700 credit cards.
The conspirators also routinely sent each other messages containing scores of names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of identity theft victims and engaged in a number of fraudulent schemes using the personally identifiable information (PII) they had amassed.
For example, they fraudulently opened and used numerous financial accounts in the names of identity theft victims and used stolen or fraudulently obtained credit card information to pay fake vendor accounts that Jovin opened and controlled. In addition, they used the names and Social Security numbers of identity theft victims to file fraudulent tax returns and obtain tax refunds to which they were not entitled.
Jovin also purchased multiple compromised computer server credentials (including usernames and passwords) on a dark web marketplace and used those compromised server credentials to remotely and fraudulently access computer servers. At times, Jovin shared these compromised server credentials with Alessandro Doreus.
To make it difficult for authorities to trace and attribute fraudulent activity to them, the conspirators opened dozens of email accounts, including email@example.com. The conspirators used these email accounts exclusively or primarily to perpetuate their fraud scheme.
In August 2020, the FBI executed a search warrant at Alessandro Doreus’s home and seized notebooks that contained the PII of more than 300 identity theft victims, and credit cards issued in the names of identity theft victims. The FBI also seized $490,365, which are proceeds obtained from this conspiracy.
“No face, no case… No More. This trio will now forever be known to law enforcement,” said FBI Tampa Special Agent in Charge David Walker. “The FBI and its law enforcement partners will never cease to bring heartless fraudsters who exploit identity theft victims to justice. If you suspect your personal information has been compromised, please contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.ic3.gov.”
“The Doreus trio wrongly assumed that their crimes would be untraceable, hidden under a cloak of internet anonymity,” said IRS-CI Special Agent in Charge Brian Payne. “Through sophisticated investigative techniques, IRS-CI and our partners uncovered a digital set of footprints leading to these three criminals. Today’s sentencing now holds them accountable for their crimes and should serve as a warning to others involved in this parasitic behavior.”