As the woman accused of a long-term pool contracting scheme seeks a bail reduction, homeowners who say they lost money in the scam are asking the public for help.
On Oct. 6, Amore’ Pools owner Chrystal Washburn, 39, was charged with 16 crimes, including seven counts of identity fraud, four counts of money laundering, insurance fraud, contracting without a license, false statement of compliance and scheme to defraud.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said she and her husband, Brian Washburn, concocted a scheme to defraud homeowners across the Treasure Coast and in three other counties by taking large deposits to build in-ground residential swimming pools, but never completed the projects. Amore’ had an office in St. Lucie County, while the couple lives in Indian River County.
Chrystal Washburn has been at the Indian River County Jail in lieu of $1.2 million bail since she was charged. Her husband was charged with the same crimes but because of probation violations, he has been held at the jail without bail.
Chrystal Wasburn’s attorneys presented their request for bail reduction to Circuit Court Judge Dan Vaughn on Nov. 30. There’s no indication when Vaughn will decide on the motion, said attorney Roger Azcona.
State prosecutors are refuting the request on a couple of points, including their concern she would be a flight risk with “overwhelming” incentive to flee Indian River County.
“Defendant has limited ties to the community, having only moved here…