For Immediate Release - March 09, 2012

Grand Jury Indicts 11 People on EBT Fraud and Drug Charges

An Essex County Grand Jury today returned indictments of 11 people on electronic benefit transfer fraud, drug and gun charges.  The arrests and subsequent indictments are the result of an investigation conducted by the Essex District Attorney’s Office, the US Department of Agriculture, Inspector General’s Office, and Lynn Police which was launched in November, 2010.  The investigation focused on widespread abuse of the Electronic Benefit Transfer system to traffic cash and drugs in the Lynn area.

            The following people were indicted:

  • Midhler Cherubin, 13 Park Street, Lynn, (DOB 1/20/70) on 2 counts of distribution of class B (cocaine), 2 counts of conspiracy to violate drug laws, 1 count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Allan Cherubin, 13 Park Street, Lynn, (DOB 3/25/91) on 1 count of distribution of class B (cocaine), 1 count of conspiracy to violate drug laws and 1 count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Jean V. Saint Preaux, 53 Chatham Street, Lynn, (DOB 12/9/88) on 5 counts of distribution of class B (cocaine), 1 count of illegal possession of a firearm without a serial number, 1 count of illegal possession of ammunition, and 1 count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Amimada Jean-Geffide, 15 Whittier Street, Lynn, (DOB 4/27/78) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Maclaire Corrigan, 40 Hamilton Avenue #3, Lynn (DOB 4/22/87) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Emmanuel Benjamin (DOB 12/19/82) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Sheena White, 33 Lincoln Street, Lynn (DOB 12/8/84) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Pierre C. Saint-Fort, 139 Cross Street #2, Malden (DOB 8/17/71) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Peter Jhonny Limat, 190 Williams Avenue, Lynn (DOB 12/29/75) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Jayson Powell, 124 Central Avenue #33, Lynn (DOB 4/1/85) on one count of electronic benefit transfer fraud.
  • Amanda Repp, 40 Hamilton Avenue, Lynn (DOB 12/13/87) on one count electronic benefit transfer fraud.

The Commonwealth will be represented by Essex First Assistant District Attorney John Dawley and Essex Assistant District Attorney Christina Ronan.  The defendants will be arraigned in Salem Superior Court on March 20, 2012 and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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