Man accused in 1987 Canada abduction faces sentencing in U.S.

Dave Collins, The Associated Press

Published Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:56AM EST

Last Updated Thursday, November 14, 2019 5:58AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. — A Canadian man accused of abducting his toddler son in Toronto in 1987 and dwelling on the lam for 3 a long time is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday in the U.S. for illegally acquiring authorities advantages.

U.S. prosecutors are in search of a jail sentence of as much as two years for Allan Mann Jr., who acknowledged mendacity about his identification to acquire American authorities advantages throughout his 31 years on the run.

Mann is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Connecticut. His lawyer has requested a decide to impose a sentence of time served so Mann can return to Toronto as quickly as potential to defend himself towards a pending kidnapping cost.

Canadian authorities allege Mann kidnapped his toddler son in 1987 throughout a court-ordered visitation in Toronto and fled to the U.S., the place he and his son lived beneath aliases till he was arrested in Vernon, Connecticut, in October 2018. He has been detained since his arrest.

Officials stated Mann instructed his son that his mom died shortly after his start. His son, now in his 30s, was reunited along with his mom after his father’s arrest.

Prosecutors say Mann lied about his identification and used the alias Hailee DeSouza to acquire greater than $125,000 in Section eight housing advantages and greater than $55,000 in Medicaid help. He pleaded responsible in August to at least one depend of constructing a false assertion, which carries as much as 5 years in jail.

“For 31 years, Allan Mann hid in plain sight in the United States, posing as a U.S. citizen and reaping the benefits that such citizenship affords, including tens of thousands of dollars in housing and medical assistance,” Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarah Karwan and Harold Chen wrote in their sentencing suggestion to Judge Janet Hall.

“Mann orchestrated these payments through a deliberate, intricate and lengthy deception on the government at every level,” they wrote.

Mann’s lawyer, David Ring, referred to as the allegations towards his consumer “a simple false statement case, involving modest losses to the United States government.”

“His crime, simply put, was to falsely claim to be an `eligible citizen’ so he could obtain benefits that, as a non-U.S. citizen, he was not entitled to receive,” Ring wrote in his sentencing suggestion.

Ring stated Mann fled Canada along with his son as a result of he frightened about his son’s security throughout a bitter custody dispute along with his spouse, who deliberate to take the kid to Jamaica.

U.S. authorities stated Mann acquired counterfeit start certificates for him and his son saying they have been born in Houston, Texas, and used his start certificates to acquire a Social Security quantity.

U.S marshals and Toronto police launched a brand new effort to search out Mann in 2016 whereas assembly at a regulation enforcement convention on capturing fugitives.

Officials stated final 12 months that U.S. marshals interviewed a number of of Mann’s kin and pals, together with a relative who pointed authorities to Connecticut and Mann’s alleged alias.

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