Some of the accused co-conspirators of a Broward County employee, who was recently arrested for allegedly using forged documents to steal more than $1.6 million, are nowhere to be found.
Roberto Martinez was arrested July 6 for allegedly helping to rip off $1.6 million in taxpayers' money meant for unfortunate residents who'd lost their homes.
A week later, four of his alleged co-conspirators, including accused ringleader Marc Eugene, his sister, Patricia Eugene, and his brother, Denis Eugene, remain at large.
Attorneys for the Eugene's said prosecutors set a deadline for them to turn themselves in.
That deadline was Thursday and now the Broward Sheriff's Office is actively searching for them.
Local 10 News investigative reporter Bob Norman knocked on the door at the Eugene's listed address.
A woman, who identified herself as their grandmother, said through a translator on the phone that they had gone back to Haiti because of a death.
"Somebody died and they went to Haiti," she said.
Marc Eugene's attorney, Howard Schumacher, said he was 100 percent certain that his client was not in Haiti and said that Eugene was trying to come up with collateral so he could post bail, which is set at more than $400,000 in his case.
Schumacher said he was confident Eugene would turn himself in eventually, but couldn't guarantee it.
Meanwhile, the whereabouts of another suspect, Gawens St. Victor, are also unknown.
Martinez remains at the Broward County Jail on a $915,000 bond.
A fifth co-defendant, Dim Vallarson, was arrested July 7 in Massachusetts on fraud charges and is awaiting extradition to Broward County.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.