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FDLE arrests two for child support scam

5/4/2016
 

For Immediate Release

May 4, 2016
 
ORLANDO, Fla. - Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement arrested Steven Rembert, 44, and Frances Rembert, 50, of Orlando, Florida for grand theft of property valued at $100,000 or more, two counts of fraudulent use of personal identification information and fraudulent use of personal identification of a deceased individual. The two are accused of defrauding the state by sending fraudulent checks to the Florida Department of Revenue to be disbursed as child support payments.   
                                    
FDLE began investigating in 2015 at the request of the Department of Revenue.  Agents believe the Remberts solicited parents who receive child support disbursements and made payments into their child support accounts by writing fraudulent checks.  The Department of Revenue disbursed child support payments to the parents and then was notified by the banks that the checks had insufficient funds.   Steven and Frances Rembert made money by collecting a portion of the payments disbursed to the parents.  
 
More than 60 fraudulent checks were written totaling $147,175.  The total amount processed was $109,000.
 
Steven and Frances Rembert were arrested today and booked into the Orange County Jail on $105,000 and $65,000 bond respectively.  Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office of Statewide Prosecution will prosecute the case.
 
For Further Information Contact:
Gretl Plessinger, Molly Best or Steve Arthur
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001