Russian National Convicted for Identity Theft and Making False Statements to SSA

Thursday, March 8, 2012
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A federal judge sentenced Evgueni Tetioukhine to 48 months in prison for identity theft and fraud. Tetioukhine lived in the United States for almost 20 years, posing as another man who has dual Irish and U.S. Citizenship. In 1991, as his U.S. visa was expiring, Tetioukhine used information belonging to Fionghal S. MacEoghan to obtain a U.S. passport and Social Security number. He later obtained a mortgage and federal student loans in MacEoghan’s name.

In 2010, the real Fionghal MacEoghan, living in Ireland, discovered through Facebook that another person was using his identity. Warwick police were notified and a subsequent investigation resulted in charges of identity theft, false statements on loan applications, false use of a Social Security number and passport fraud.

A jury convicted Tetioukhine of all charges. “The investigation of this matter was an outstanding example of cooperation and coordination among law
enforcement agencies at the local and federal level,” said U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Participating in the investigation: the U.S. Department
of State, Diplomatic Security Service, the Warwick Police, the Social Security Administration, Office of Criminal Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Inspector General.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard W. Rose and Ly T. Chin.