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New York City Man Sentenced to 41 Months in Prison in a Family-run $4 Million Extortion Scam

Corry Blue Evans, 31, of New York, N.Y. was sentenced today to 41 months in prison for his role in an elaborate fraud, extortion, and money laundering scheme, which involved one of his brothers pretending to be a New York mobster to get a Maryland man to embezzle more than $4 million from his Washington, D.C., employer. Evans is the fifth defendant to be sentenced in the case.

The announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Matthew M. Graves and Acting Special Agent in Charge David Geist of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division.

Evans pleaded guilty in January 2023 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ordered Evans to serve three years of supervised release. Consistent with his plea agreement, Evans also must pay $4,217,542.86 in restitution and $772,500 in a forfeiture money judgment.

In April 2018, a federal grand jury indicted Evans and his older brothers Tony John Evans and Robert Evans, their parents Archie Kaslov and Candy Evans, and Robert Evans’ common-law ex-wife, Gina Rita Russell, on various charges.

According to the government’s evidence, a New York woman conspired with the Evans brothers, Kaslov, and Russell to extort money and gold bars from a Maryland man. The scheme caused the Maryland man to embezzle funds from his employer between January and March 2017. The Maryland man converted embezzled funds to cash and gold bars which he delivered to New York drop-off locations, including a hotel room, believing the funds were going to mobsters to whom the New York woman owed money. At one point during the scheme, Tony John Evans spoke to the man on the phone and threatened him by asking if he needed to remind the man where his kids went to school and where the man lived.

In reality, all of the funds the man embezzled and delivered to New York went to members of the Evans-Kaslov family. Among other things, in January 2017, Corry Evans helped facilitate the cashing of hundreds of thousands of dollars in cashier’s checks obtained with stolen funds. He admitted that he called a check cashing store employee multiple times for the purpose of convincing him that the New York woman, who was attempting to cash the checks, wanted money for her own purposes even though Corry Evans knew that was false and that he and his family members would ultimately take the cash. Indeed, after the New York woman successfully cashed hundreds of thousands of dollars in checks at the check cashing store, she provided all of the money to the Evans brothers. Archie Kaslov then drove the brothers to the New York diamond district where Kaslov and others used criminal proceeds to purchase luxury watches.

In late January 2017, the Maryland man traveled to New York to deliver approximately $500,000 in cash. In conjunction with that delivery, members of the Evans/Kaslov family briefly followed the Maryland man’s vehicle and took a photo of it, which was then shared with the Maryland man to terrify him into believing he was being actively surveilled by the mafia. After the Maryland man delivered the $500,000 in cash to a hotel room, some of the money ended up being transported to Corry Evans’ residence.

Towards the end of March 2017, the Maryland man delivered well over $1 million in gold bars to a hotel room in New York. Corry Evans, his brothers, and father all discussed the need to sell the gold. Corry Evans subsequently went to a jewelry store in New York with a sample of the gold, trying to sell it. Later, his brothers, father, and he all sold gold to that jeweler.

In May 2017, Corry Evans and his father traveled to Texas, where Kaslov used proceeds from the crime to pay $315,000 in cash for a Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead.

Corry Evans is the latest Evans/Kaslov family member to be sentenced. Gina Russell, Tony John Evans, and Robert Evans all pleaded guilty to interference with interstate commerce by extortion. The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan, who presided over this case before it was transferred to Judge Chutkan, sentenced Tony John Evans, 35, and Robert Evans, 36, to five years in prison. Russell, 35, has not yet been sentenced.

Archie Kaslov, 57, pleaded guilty in September 2020 to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Judge Sullivan sentenced him to 30 months in prison.

Candy Evans, 54, pleaded guilty in September 2020 to tampering with a witness by corrupt persuasion or misleading conduct. Judge Sullivan sentenced her to one year and a day in prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kondi Kleinman and former Assistant U.S. Attorney David B. Kent, with assistance from Assistant U.S. Attorneys Diane Lucas and Arvind Lal and Paralegal Specialist Angela De Falco, who assisted with forfeiture issues, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Oliver McDaniel and Melissa Goforth Koenig, who assisted with restraining funds.

Source: Justice.gov