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Alleged Child Kidnapper Who Used Fake Name To Live In Area, Receiving Federal Benefits Indicted

A man on the run for 31 years was located and arrested in Connecticut late last month.
A man on the run for 31 years was located and arrested in Connecticut late last month. Photo Credit: Google Maps

The man who allegedly kidnapped his toddler in Canada, changed his name and came to America to hide in Connecticut is facing a host of charges.

Allan Mann, Jr., who has dual Canadian and Ghanaian citizenship, allegedly abducted his 21-month-old, Jermaine Allan Mann, in Canada in 1987 during a court-ordered visit in Toronto. He then allegedly came to America, and acquired counterfeit birth certificates for the two of them. He also changed his name to Hailee Randolph DeSouza.

On Wednesday, U.S. Attorney John Durham announced that Mann has been charged on a seven-count indictment for making false statements related to his living in the country under an assumed name for nearly three decades while receiving federal benefits.

It is alleged that Mann has been living in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 8 subsidized housing in Vernon using the false birth certificate.

In connection with his rental application to participate in HUD’s Section 8 program, Mann provided a birth certificate purportedly issued in 1985 by the St. Joseph Hospital in Houston in 1957. U.S. Attorney John Durham noted that the State of Texas has confirmed the birth certificate was counterfeit and that no such birth has ever occurred in the state.

Mann has been living in Section 8 housing since 2004 in Connecticut. Durham noted that since January 2014, HUD has paid tens of thousands of dollars in housing assistance payments on Mann’s behalf and Medicaid has paid thousands of dollars for Mann’s medical expenses.

The indictment alleges that, in June 1990, Mann, using the name Hailee Randolph DeSouza, applied for and received a Social Security Number.  In support of this application, Mann presented his counterfeit birth certificate.  In May 2018, Mann, using his alias, applied for a replacement Social Security card.

Mann, 66, has been detained since Oct. 26 when he was arrested in Connecticut. He has been charged with four counts of making a false statement, and three counts of making a false statement in a health-care matter.  Each charge carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years behind bars. No return court date has been announced.

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