Monday, February 4, 2013

AP: Accused Would-Be Tamarack Buyer Wants To Be His Own Lawyer

Posted By on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 9:02 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.

An Eagle businessman, accused of raiding retirement funds for personal gain and to execute a deal to purchase Tamarack Resort, now wants to be his own lawyer.

In October 2012, U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale allowed attorney Dennis Charney to step away from his former client, Matthew Hutcheson. A federal prosecutor has claimed that Charney was a possible investor in Hutcheson's scheme to buy Tamarack, but Charney said that wasn't true, leaving the door open to the possibility of Charney being called as a witness in Hutcheson's trial.

In a bizarre November 2010 press conference, where he took no questions, Hutcheson stood before the media and said he had a $40 million plan to purchase the troubled Tamarack Resort.

"Does Green Valley have any experience running a resort of this sophistication?" Hutcheson asked of himself. "No. We've assembled an initial team of experts and we're prepared to bring in others to make Tamarack a successful and viable concern."

"What are the terms?" Hutecheson answered himself again, "We're offering $40 million dollars cash. The offer doesn't contain any financing condition."

Since being slapped with fraud charges and seeing his attorney dismissed from his case, a new judge has taken over the case: Senior U.S. District Judge William Fremming.

A hearing date is scheduled for Tuesday.

The Associated Press' John Miller reports that yet another attorney, Samuel Rubin of Boise, who had once sought permission to act as Hutcheson's standby counsel, now says there is a "serious breach of trust" between him and his client.

"There appears to be an irreconcilable breakdown in communication at least as far as representation is concerned," wrote Rubin in a six-page court document, according to the AP.

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