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James Miller pleads guilty, daughter gets immunity

By KAREN VELIE Former Hurst Financial President James Miller agreed to plead guilty to a four-count criminal complaint under an agreement that his daughter Courtney Brard will not be prosecuted. Miller, 63, pled guilty in 2011 to charges of mail... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart and James Miller receive another reprieve

By KAREN VELIE For the fifth time, former North County developer Kelly Gearhart’s fraud trial and Hurst Financial president James Miller’s sentencing hearing have been delayed. A federal judge continued Gearhart’s trial from Feb. 18 to June 17. Miller’s hearing... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s trial delayed a fourth time

By KAREN VELIE For the fourth time, former Atascadero “Person of the Year” and prominent North County land developer Kelly Gearhart’s fraud trial has been delayed. Gearhart’s public defender, Kim Savo, successfully requested another delay in her client’s trial originally... (Continue reading)

Escrow companies linked to Gearhart win civil lawsuit

A lengthy and complex civil fraud trial featuring  Kelly Gearhart and his associated property predators ended Tuesday with complete exoneration of three escrow companies alleged to have conspired with the disgraced North County developer. Hurst Financial investors, many of whom... (Continue reading)

Gearhart properties to be auctioned

By KAREN VELIE Three of former north county developer Kelly Gearhart’s properties will be sold at auction in October including the Paso Robles golf course property known as Vista del Hombre. A New York firm will hold the auction on... (Continue reading)

Gearhart, Hurst investors dug their own hole, says lawyer

An attorney for Cuesta Title suggested to jurors Thursday in a San Luis Obispo courtroom that investors’ greed was partly responsible for alleged fraud committed by former lender Jay Hurst Miller, developer Kelly Gearhart, and title company officials. In a... (Continue reading)

Civil conspiracy trial against Cuesta and Stewart titles to be lived streamed

Courtroom View Network (CVN) will be live streaming a civil trial in which hundreds of plaintiffs allege Stewart Title and Cuesta Title aided and abetted and/or conspired with Hurst Financial and former North County developer Kelly Gearhart in defrauding hundreds... (Continue reading)

Heritage Oaks Bank settles with Gearhart investors

By KAREN VELIE In a last minute decision, Heritage Oaks Bank agreed to settle with investors in Hurst Financial’s Vista del Hombre project in Paso Robles for a currently undisclosed amount of money, an investor said. The settlement was agreed... (Continue reading)

Tom Murrell accused of benefiting from Gearhart fraud

By KAREN VELIE San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Judge Charles Crandall Monday denied a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Cuesta Title, Stewart Title and Heritage Oaks Bank noting the defendants were aware of wrongdoings. In 2009, more than... (Continue reading)

Cuesta Title ex-employee tight-lipped at deposition

By KAREN VELIE A former Cuesta Title employee refused to answer questions posed to her at a Kelly Gearhart-linked deposition, asserting her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. In 2009, investors filed a lawsuit alleging Stewart Title and Cuesta Title aided... (Continue reading)



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