New Attorney for EFI Defendant Young Asks Court to Delay Trial
AUG 23, 2011 - 9:10 am
Chrstiopher S. Linton, a new attorney for EFI defendant Harold Young, asked the court to delay Young’s October trial because he needs more time to prepare the case. Linton replaces Young’s previous attorney who a federal prosecutor in the case accused of conflict of interest, according to court documents.
In July federal prosecutor Nancy E. Potts asked the federal judge to remove attorney Donald R. Jones Jr. because for a time he represented both Young and defendant John S. Tomberlin.
In his motion filed on August 19, Linton notes that Young has not had sufficient time to prepare with his new attorney to formulate and support pre-trial motions and trial. The motion also notes that he has consulted the United States Attorney, who has no objection to a continuance until early 2012 and that without the extension Young would suffer irreparable and undue harm.
As previously reported on monitordaily, the trial for defendants Misty L. Kroesen and her husband Curtis A. Kroesen, former EFI employees, and Young is scheduled for October 25, 2011.
Sentencing of co-defendants Joseph M. Braas, Michael J. Schlager, Mary C. Stankiewicz and Tomberlin is scheduled for November 2011.
Braas, Schlager, Stankiewicz, the Kroesens, all from Lancaster County, and Spann, Tomberlin and Young, all from Alabama, were indicted with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud, all arising out a massive, sophisticated loan fraud scheme that resulted in a loss of $53 million.
It is alleged in the indictment that as far back as 2001, before EFI was acquired by Sterling, the defendants were engaging in a systematic fraud at EFI. They are charged with colluding in a pervasive scheme to steal money by looting the accounts of EFI and falsifying EFI’s books, from 2001 through 2007.
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