Casey Crowther reports to prison to serve 3 years for COVID-19 relief fraud

FORT MYERS, Florida — Casey Crowther, the Lee County businessman found guilty of COVID-19 relief fraud, has turned himself in to serve a 3-year prison sentence.

He was originally found guilty of charges of bank fraud, providing a false statement to a credit institution and two counts of illegal money transfers.

The former owner of a roofing company used coronavirus relief funds earmarked for his company, Target Roofing, to buy a home in St. James City. Prosecutors also showed evidence to prove Crowther used COVID relief funds to buy a boat worth about $700,000. The boat was seized as part of the investigation.

The judge sentenced Crowther to 36 months in prison, but Crowther asked for an extra month on his sentence, a total of 37 months for drug and alcohol treatment. He is currently serving his sentence in an Alabama prison.

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