March 28, 2024

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.

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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. 

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