Samuel T. Johnson, 31, and Daphne Debrosse, 30, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The male accused was ordered held pending trial on grounds that he constituted a flight risk. The press did not name an attorney for the couple.
Steven Rembert, 48, of Orange County, is charged with disaster assistance fraud related to Hurricane Irma. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in federal prison, sources indicate. The press did not name an attorney for him.
Katrina Brown, 40, of Jacksonville, FL, was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison followed by five years in a supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $425,335, which are funds traceable to the alleged offenses.
Keith William Nicoletta, 48, was charged with bank fraud and illegal monetary transactions. The press did not name an attorney for him.
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.