Casey Crowther in Alabama federal prison, denied bid to stay free during appeal

Casey Crowther was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2020 and accused…

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Attorney for Casey Crowther gives statement after he is indicted for misusing PPP funds

Attorney for Casey Crowther gives statement after he is indicted for misusing PPP funds

Andrew West, News-Press

Casey David Crowther has begun serving his bank fraud sentence in a federal prison in Alabama after the denial of motions seeking to let him remain free pending an appeal of his 37-month prison sentence.

The Fort Myers roofer is listed as an inmate at the minimum security Federal Prison Camp Montgomery at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama.

Days after his conviction in June, Attorney William Mallory Kent of Jacksonville, representing Crowther, submitted the notice of appeal of his case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the the11th Circuit in Atlanta.

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Crowther was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2020 and accused of falsely acquiring $2 million in COVID-19 relief funds. A federal grand jury a month later returned a superseding indictment charging him with bank fraud, making a false statement to a lending institution and illegal monetary transactions.

Crowther pleaded guilty on two counts of mortgage fraud as his trial began March 23 and was found guilty on four other counts including bank fraud and illegal money transactions June 29. He was to report to prison on or before Friday.

Crowther had asked to be placed at the Pensacola Federal Prison Camp, saying he has relatives in the vicinity. That request was approved by presiding Judge John Steele with the caveat that he had no influence to grant the request.

The Bureau of Prisons, which makes the assignments, could have placed Crowther at any federal prison, in or out of Florida.

Crowther also sought a prison that offered a specific drug abuse program that helps inmates deal with a substance abuse issue and can lead to an earlier release.

The Montgomery prison, about 160 miles further north than Pensacola, offers a Nonresidential Drug Abuse Program. 

At sentencing Crowther asked for a sentence one-month longer than the 36 months suggested. If he’s a model prisoner and he is accepted and completes a rehabilitation program, he could leave prison even earlier — up to 12 months sooner — by getting the one-month-longer sentence.

According to the program inmates with a 37-month-plus sentence can get 12 months off;  a 31- to 36-month sentence can get nine months off; and a 31-month-or-less sentence gets six months off.

Crowther also filed a motion for release pending appeal and a corrected motion for release pending appeal.

Steele issued determinations for both, saying the first was denied as moot and the second just denied.

Steele said Crowther’s arguments were unlikely to result in a reversal, a new trial, or a different sentence and that the defendant failed to show a substantial question of the law.

Connect with breaking news reporter Michael Braun: MichaelBraunNP (Facebook)@MichaelBraunNP (Twitter) or mbraun@news-press.com.


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