James Legerme, 29, of Sunrise; Junior Mertile, 30, of Pembroke Pines; Tony Mertile, 28, of Miramar; and Irvin Vilneus, 28, of North Lauderdale were arrested on Tuesday and face several charges, including bank fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, theft of public money, access device fraud, and money laundering. Police are reportedly searching for a fifth suspect, Allen Bien-Aime, 29, of Lehigh Acres, who was also involved in the alleged scheme. It is unclear if any of the individuals has acquired an attorney.
Owner Everardo Borettini of EFC Construction Corporation faces charges of fraud for a scheme to avoid paying workers’ compensation premiums. Borettini, who pled not guilty in Dade County after being arrested on September 23, 2020, is being charged with grand theft, organized scheme to defraud, and workers’ compensation premium fraud. He faces 25 years in prison or more.
The investigation into the case was carried out by the Florida Bureau of Investigative and Forensic Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation Fraud. Borettini had claimed only $68,648, or 4% of his payroll, when the company had actually more than $1.5 million payroll. The difference of $95,000 in premiums could have placed his employees in jeopardy when attempting to file workers’ compensation claims in the future.
Rashisa Overby, 46, and Ria Sankar-Balram, 40, were arrested on Monday and face multiple counts of fraud, money laundering, grand theft, among other charges. Sankar-Balram was released on $57,000 bond. Overby, who was charged with several more counts, remains held in lieu of $140,000 bond. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.
The U.S. Department of Justice filed an indictment Thursday charging a Dallas-area man for his alleged participation in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking approximately $24.8 million from a federal COVID-19 relief program.
Dinesh Sah, 55, of Coppell, TX, was charged with three counts of wire fraud, three counts of bank fraud, and one count of money laundering. He was arrested on September 16 and remains in custody. The press did not name an attorney for him.
Martin Kao, 47, was charged with two counts of bank fraud and five counts of money laundering. The press did not name an attorney for him.