A man who is alleged to have kidnapped his 21-month old son in Canada in 1987 was arrested this morning in Vernon, Connecticut.

U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, U.S. Marshal Brian J. Taylor, and Special Agent in Charge Christina D. Scaringi of the Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, made the announcement.

According to court documents and statements made in court, it is alleged that ALLAN MANN, JR., 66, abducted his 21-month-old son, Jermaine Allan Mann, on June 24, 1987, during a court-ordered visit in Toronto, Canada.  Allan Mann, who has dual Canadian and Ghanaian citizenship, and his son subsequently entered the U.S.  Allan Mann changed his name to HAILEE RANDOLPH DeSOUZA, changed the name of his son, and acquired counterfeit birth certificates for him and his son.

It is further alleged that DeSouza has most recently been residing in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) Section 8 subsidized housing in Vernon, Connecticut.  In connection with his rental application to participate in HUD’s Section 8 program, DeSouza provided a birth certificate purportedly issued in 1985 by the State of Texas for his birth at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, Texas, in 1957.  The State of Texas has confirmed that the birth certificate is counterfeit and that no such birth of an individual bearing that name was recorded in the State of Texas.

Mann/DeSouza was arrested this morning on a federal criminal complaint charging him with making false statements, and making false statements in HUD transactions.  He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert A. Richardson in Hartford and is detained...