Montvel-Cohen, accused of fraud, released from jail

Evan Montvel-Cohen

Evan Montvel-Cohen is headed home tonight after court orders were signed placing him on pre-trial release.

The local businessman has been in federal custody since March 10.

Calling him a convicted felon, con-man, and serious fraudster, the federal government has strongly argued for Montvel-Cohen’s continued detention.

But there isn’t enough convincing evidence to show that Montvel-Cohen is a danger to the community, according to District Court Magistrate Judge Michael Bordallo who signed the release.

Montvel-Cohen was released to a third-party custodian who will reside with him at an address deemed suitable by the federal court and the US Probation.

As part of the release conditions, Montvel-Cohen will need to report to US Probation Services and is subject to drug testing.

He was charged with stealing the identity of former associate and long time friend Benjamin Myers. Authorities believe that Montvel-Cohen assumed Meyers’ identity and used it to retain rental space last November.

A pre-trial conference and hearing on all motions has been set for May 21.


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Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.