Samuel T. Johnson, 31, and Daphne Debrosse, 30, were charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Johnson was ordered held pending trial on grounds that he constituted a flight risk. The press did not name an attorney for the couple.
Katrina Brown, 40, of Jacksonville, FL, was sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison followed by five years in supervised release. She was also ordered to pay a forfeiture money judgment of $425,335, which are funds traceable to the alleged offenses.
The Department of Justice has announced charges against three Milwaukee men and two Chicago-area men accused of participating in a scheme to file fraudulent loan applications seeking more than $1 million in coronavirus (COVID-19) relief aid.
The defendants named in the indictment are: Thomas Smith, 46, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Stephen Smith, 42, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Robert Hamilton, 59, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Samuel Davis Jr., 40, of Chicago, Illinois; and Jonathan Henley, 52, of Chicago, Illinois. Four of the defendants are charged with bank fraud and money laundering, while Henley is charged with bank fraud only. It is unclear if any of the defendants has acquired legal counsel.
Named in the indictments are Tarnavis A. Lee, 41, owner of Lee’s Toddler Town, Inc.; Demetra M. Jackson, 41, owner of Jitter Bugs, Inc.; Elizabeth McFarland, 46, owner of Tater Tots, Inc.; and LaShanda Hudson, 39, owner of a daycare business in her name. The four women are charged with multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering. It is unclear if they have acquired legal representation.
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.