Three Broward County residents pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to laundering $ 2 million in fraudulent email campaigns and fraudulent loans from COVID-19, according to federal investigators.
Jimpcy One, 35; Guzman Lemi, 42; and Franz Guillaume Jr., also known as Sandro Saintfleur, 44; each faces up to 20 years in federal prison.
Back in 2017, Lemy and Guillaume launched their scam targeting a university in Texas, according to the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. They made $ 425,000 by compromising the company’s email with malware.
Such schemes include tricking an employee into clicking a fake email with attachments on a malicious website, releasing malware that can infect their email, computer, and corporate network. The virus can receive personal information such as passwords.
Then, in 2019, Odin joined two men in laundering $ 900,000 from another American company through a similar email scheme, authorities said. Men also tricked people into transferring money to accounts they controlled.
The trio moved their ill-gotten gains by transferring them between bank accounts of various shell companies.
When the coronavirus hit in 2020, they applied a new scheme.
Authorities said the three men disguised their new and existing shell companies as small businesses in need of COVID-19 relief and applied for two government programs under the CARES Act: the Payroll Protection Program and the Disaster Loan Program. …
One, Guzman and Lemy received $ 2 million from the programs.
US District Judge Rodolfo A. Ruiz will sentence the three men on November 18.