Three Broward men charged in scheme to steal prisoners’ identities, rake in hundreds of thousands in loans

Three Broward men known by the alter egos “Ghost,” “Scruffy,” and “Push,” aided by a Georgia woman, stole federal prisoners’ identities, fraudulently applied for pandemic relief loans, then withdrew hundreds of thousands of dollars in proceeds, according to county court records and a federal indictment.

Patrick Ductant, a.k.a. “Ghost;” Kervens Saint-Hillaire, a.k.a. “Scruffy;” Vladimir Saint-Hillaire, a.k.a. “Push;” and an accomplice, Terri Shana Davis, were arrested last week after an investigation that spanned four years  and multiple agencies, including Hollywood detectives, the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and the U.S Secret Service, according to a Hollywood Police news release.

Ductant and the Saint-Hillaires, who live in Pembroke Pines, are now facing charges of conspiracy, bank and wire fraud, money laundering and aggravated identity theft, according to the release, while Davis is facing charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.

Between October 2019 and February 2021, Davis obtained people’s personal identifying information through her job at an unidentified company, then sold the information to Ductant and the Saint-Hillaires, according to the indictment. The men used the information to create counterfeit drivers’ licenses, then opened bank accounts in the victims’ names, according to the indictment.

Several of the identify theft victims were federal prison inmates in states stretching from California to Mississippi, according to a complaint filed by the Broward Sheriff’s Office.

The three men applied for COVID relief loans from the Small Business Administration in the victims’ names, then withdrew the proceeds using forged checks, the indictment states.

They received nearly $400,000 in loans and deposited over $200,000 in forged and fraudulent checks, according to the indictment.

The men also used fraudulent credit and debit cards to make purchases, according to the indictment, including money orders, which they made payable to themselves, then deposited into their personal accounts, using descriptions like “roof repair,” “home system,” and “security deposit.”

The indictment doesn’t say what else was purchased. The release from Hollywood Police says the suspects also purchased high-end vehicles and shipped them overseas.

In February 2021, the Sheriff’s Office seized close to $200,000 in U.S. currency, jewelry, high price leather goods, and sports memorabilia from the three men, according to Broward court records. Those items included a signed Miami Dolphins helmet, Luis Vuitton luggage, a framed autographed Michael Jordan jersey, several Rolex watches and a 10-karat white gold “GHOST” pendant with diamonds.

The men agreed to forfeit a little over $100,000, plus some of the jewelry and leather goods, according to a settlement agreement filed in October 2021.

But they were not arrested until June 21 of this year. Both Kervens and Vladimir Saint Hillaire will be arraigned in Miami federal court on July 7.

Meanwhile, Ductant’s defense attorneys filed a motion asking to modify his bond conditions so that he could travel to France in July, according to court records. The motion was denied.

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