A Millsboro, Delaware man was sentenced Monday to six years in federal prison for bank fraud offenses stemming from cash advances and purchases he made at Anne Arundel County businesses.
Federal prosecutors have described Jason Evans, 48, as a ‘serial identity theft con man’ for the chain of incidents, which happened in 2019 after he was released from federal prison where he served four years for bank fraud, and again in 2021, after his release from house arrest.
While on probation from prison in 2019, Evans obtained a credit card using someone else’s identity and later obtained a fake Pennsylvania driver’s license that used the person’s name. , but Evans’ photo and date of birth, according to his plea agreement.
Evans then used the two cards to get a $14,400 cash advance at a bank in Glen Burnie, then bought nine iPhones and other merchandise the next day at the Apple Store in Westfield Annapolis Mall, according to the plea. The following week, he left the cards at a Laurel bank where he had requested another cash advance of $14,400.
Evans pleaded guilty in March to bank fraud and aggravated identity theft in both cases, as well as violations of his release from his 2015 sentence.
During Monday’s hearing at the Baltimore U.S. District Courthouse, Bennett sentenced Evans to six years in prison, followed by four years of probation. He has been in federal custody since August 2021, and Bennett recommended that he serve his sentence in a minimum-security satellite camp at Cumberland Federal Prison.
Evans was also ordered to repay nearly $125,000 in restitution funds.
According to the plea, Evans was charged with bank fraud and identity theft for the scheme and placed under house arrest, but when he was removed from custody he began using counterfeit credit cards to buy nearly $60,000 in gift cards to Giant Food stores in Pennsylvania. , Delaware and Maryland.
“I wish I could say I understand how he ended up here, but I don’t,” Evans’ sister, Shelley Seibert, wrote in a letter to U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. ahead of Monday’s sentencing hearing.
Seibert said his brother never had any issues growing up but “felt like a failure” following a recent divorce. She added that Evans “has kids who love him and need him in their lives.”
“The first time Jason got in trouble; he was sorry, but mostly because he got caught,” Seibert said. “This time he understands that his life will not work out the way he lived it.”