Thursday, October 25, 2012

Judge Pulls Lawyer Away From Tamarack Trial

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Michael Hutcheson addresses media in November 2010 regarding his plan to purchase Tamarack.
  • George Prentice
  • Michael Hutcheson addresses media in November 2010 regarding his plan to purchase Tamarack.


A federal judge has cleared the way for an Eagle developer, facing a string of charges surrounding an alleged swindle involving Tamarack, to get a new attorney.

The Associated Press reports that U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has allowed Dennis Charney to step away from his former client, Matthew Hutcheson.

Federal prosecutors say Hutcheson raided retirement funds for personal gain and to execute a deal to purchase the financially strapped Tamarack resort in Valley County. Hutcheson faces 31 felonies, including wire fraud.

The exact nature of the dispute between Hutcheson and Charney wasn't disclosed Wednesday, but Dale wrote that "the court finds it necessary" to remove Charney from the case.

The AP reports that a federal prosecutor claims Charney was a possible investor in Hutcheson's scheme to buy Tamarack, but Charney claimed that wasn't true, leaving the door open to the possibility of the attorney being called as a witness in his client's trial.

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