By Tara Johnson –
Today, Jammy Alphonse, 28, of Boston was charged with wire fraud conspiracy, false representation of a Social Security number, aggravated identity theft, possession of a firearm and ammunition and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.
Alphonse, who was originally arrested in August 2021 with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon has agreed to plead guilty. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.
In 2020, Alphonse conspired to obtain Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits, which were made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Specifically, Alphonse conspired to submit false PUA claims in other persons’ names and using other persons’ personally identifiable information.
Alphonse and his co-conspirators created email accounts for the purpose of submitting fraudulent PUA claims from Alphonse’s Everett residence and other locations. The fraudulently obtained funds were then directed into accounts held in Alphonse’s name or in the name of a co-conspirator.
In February 2021, Alphonse allegedly submitted an application to rent a property in East Boston using the name, Social Security number and date of birth of another person. As a result, he resided in that apartment from February 2021 through Aug. 6, 2021, when he was arrested on a federal firearms offense.
During a search of the apartment a loaded Glock model 43X, 9-millimeter firearm, 47 rounds of ammunition and 40 grams or more of fentanyl, among other things were seized.