Federal grand jury returns superseding indictment charging roofer Casey Crowther with fraud

Michael Braun
| Fort Myers News-Press

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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

A federal grand jury Thursday returned a superseding indictment charging Fort Myers roofing company owner Casey David Crowther with bank fraud, making a false statement to a lending institution, and illegal monetary transactions.

A federal grand jury had previously indicted Crowther for COVID relief fraud on Sept. 23. The superseding indictment contains additional counts charging Crowther with mortgage fraud.

Crowther, 35, of North Fort Myers and president of Target Roofing, was accused of falsely acquiring $2 million in COVID-19 relief funds. He was arrested and charged Sept. 2, his 35th birthday, and released on $100,000 bond Sept. 3.

If convicted on all counts, Crowther faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in federal prison on each bank fraud and false statement count, and up to 10 years’ imprisonment for each illegal monetary transaction count.

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The indictment also notifies Crowther that the United States intends to forfeit a 2020 40-foot catamaran, property in St. James City, and $2,098,700, which are alleged to be proceeds of the offenses; the property is also subject to forfeiture because it was involved in the illegal monetary transaction.

According to the superseding indictment, as part of his scheme, beginning in June of 2020, Crowther submitted false and fraudulent Uniform Residential Loan Applications to a mortgage broker and mortgage lender, causing the lender to disburse approximately $640,381 in loan funds.

Specifically, Crowther intentionally misrepresented his liquid assets in the URLAs and created false and fraudulent bank statements which purported to show he had more assets than he actually had.

A superseding indictment is a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law.

Attorney Nicole Hughes Waid, representing Crowther, could not be reached for comment. Crowther will be in federal court in Fort Myers on Friday for arraignment.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Secret Service. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Trent Reichling.

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