UPDATE: Five years after the initial indictment charging Rick Koerber with one of the biggest financial frauds in Utah history, last week United States District Court Judge Clark Waddoups ruled that he will dismiss the case because federal prosecutors failed to follow speedy trial requirements. This is a blow to the U.S. Attorneys Office’s efforts to prosecute Mr. Koerber, not to mention all of the hundreds of victims who were hoping to recover some of their lost funds through a possible plea deal or conviction that would likely include a requirement that Mr. Koerber provide some restitution to the victims of his Ponzi Scheme.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Judge Waddoups has not yet decided whether the charges can be refiled.
The U.S. Attorneys has office filed a new indictment against Rick Koerber, who is alleged to have run a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $100 million from Utah investors. Last week a federal grand jury returned a new 20-count indictment alleging that Koerber engaged in widespread investment and tax fraud.
According to an article in the Salt Lake Tribune last week, this new indictment follows a federal judge’s decision in July to throw out a key piece of evidence in Koerber’s case. “Assistant U.S. Attorney Stewart Walz previously said the ruling by U.S. District Judge Clark Waddoups affected a “significant” part of an existing 22-count indictment alleging fraud, money laundering and tax evasion by Koerber in his operation of FranklinSquires Cos. and related real-estate investment businesses.” This ruling meant that prosecutors had to file a new indictment containing small changes to a section of the indictment describing the alleged scheme and artifice to defraud. Continue reading “UPDATE: Criminal Charges Against Rick Koerber Dismissed”