Alleged Leader of Large Criminal Enterprise in Downtown Crossing and Brother Indicted for Money Laundering, Conspiracy
Two Other Individuals also Indicted for their Involvement in Criminal Enterprise
BOSTON – The leader of an extensive criminal enterprise in Downtown Crossing and his brother have been indicted on additional charges including money laundering and conspiracy, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. Two other individuals have also been charged for their involvement in the extensive criminal network.
“These charges today mark the culmination of a thorough, multi-agency investigation into this extensive criminal network,” AG Coakley said. “We allege that the leader of this enterprise, with the help of associates, utilized various interlocking illegal schemes to launder money through his business in Downtown Crossing.”
Shahab “David” Yousheei, 37, of Brighton, was indicted today by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on charges of Money Laundering, Possession of Counterfeit Marks (4 counts), Attempt to Receive Stolen Property Over $250 and Conspiracy.
His brother, Sharon “Aaron” Yousheei, 27, of Brighton, was indicted on charges of Money Laundering, Possession of Counterfeit Marks (3 counts), Attempt to Receive Stolen Property Over $250, Attempt to Receive Stolen Property Under $250 (3 counts), Possession of a Fraudulent Credit Card (8 counts) and Conspiracy.
Manuel Calderon, 22, of Roslindale, who was David Yousheei’s employee, was indicted by a Suffolk County Grand Jury on charges of Money Laundering, Attempt to Receive Stolen Property Over $250, Attempt to Receive Stolen Property Under $250 (2 counts) and Conspiracy.
Gregory Andre, 27, of Randolph, was indicted by a Plymouth County Grand Jury on the charges of Identity Fraud (32 counts), Larceny by Scheme Over $250, Larceny Over $250, and Conspiracy.
David Yousheei was previously indicted in July in connection with possession of counterfeit money, credit card fraud and drug offenses and Aaron Yousheei was indicted in connection with credit card fraud.
David andAaron Yousheei were initially arrested in March as a result of a collaborative undercover sting operation by the AG’s Office, the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the United States Secret Service.
Based at a business at 449 Washington St. in Downtown Crossing, David Yousheei allegedly orchestrated an extensive scheme involving the possession of counterfeit goods and money and the creation and use of fraudulent credit cards. In addition to the prior charges against the Yousheei brothers, further investigation revealed a network of interlocking schemes to launder money and use it to perpetuate their criminal enterprise.
Authorities allege that the Yousheei brothers, along with Calderon, who also worked at the business, allegedly bought jewelry that they believed to be stolen with the intention to resell it. None of the three men possessed a second-hand dealer’s license authorizing them to conduct these purchases of scrap gold.
David and Aaron also had in their possession seven high-end counterfeit watches that they were offering for sale as genuine. The investigation also revealed eight stolen credit cards in Aaron Yousheei’s possession, which were allegedly produced using stolen credit card information.
According to the investigation Andre, who was previously employed at a Hanover mobile phone store, used fraudulent identities to open up multiple new cell phone accounts. He then allegedly purchased more than 90 new cell phones on those accounts at a reduced price.
Authorities allege that Andre was involved in a separate incident involving the theft of more than 100 cell phones from the same Hanover store. Andre allegedly orchestrated the May 15, 2011 theft of the cell phones with help from Khary James and Kenny Barron, who were indicted in October 2012 for their participation. James, Baron and Andre allegedly planned to sell the stolen mobile phones to David Yousheei, who in turn planned to sell them mainly overseas.
These charges are allegations, and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General William R. Freeman of AG Coakley's Fraud and Financial Crimes Division. It was investigated by the Massachusetts State Police, the United States Secret Service, the Boston Police Department, Financial Investigator Stephen Bethoney from the AG’s Financial Investigations Division, Analysts David Swan and Sean McDonald from the AG’s Cyber Crime Division Digital Evidence Laboratory, and with the assistance of Victim Witness Advocate Ashley Cinelli.