A Lehigh Acres man is sought by the FBI in Rhode Island for his involvement in a “significant number of fraudulent unemployment insurance claims,” authorities said.
Allen Bien-Aime, 29, is believed to have stolen personal identifying information belonging to Rhode Island residents 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, according to a press release from the FBI.
Authorities say the fraudulently obtained funds were withdrawn shortly after being deposited and posted to bank accounts in the names of other individuals.
Bien-Aime faces charges of 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, conspiracy to commit theft of public money, conspiracy to commit access device fraud and conspiracy to commit aggravated identity theft.
Bien-Aime last resided in Lehigh Acres, authorities say. He is described as having black hair and brown eyes. He is approximately 5-feet-6-inches in height and weighs approximately 150 pounds. Bien-Aime has tattoos on his chest and left and right arms.
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.