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Probation department seeking low sentence for Gearhart

By KAREN VELIE With just two weeks until Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing, his probation officer and federal prosecutors are disagreeing over the number of the defendant’s victims, a fact that partially determines sentencing guidelines. While both sides agree on most... (Continue reading)

Chuck Liddell files lawsuit over investment to Kelly Gearhart

A lawsuit filed by former mixed martial arts champion Chuck Liddell against Cuesta and Stewart Title for the companies alleged participation in a money laundering scheme by former North County developer Kelly Gearhart goes to trial on Thursday. Liddell claims... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart’s sentencing hearing delayed again

The sentencing hearing for former Atascadero developer Kelly Gearhart has been changed three times in the past month and is currently set for June 1. In May, Gearhart pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of... (Continue reading)

Kelly Gearhart gets another reprieve

By KAREN VELIE The sentencing hearing for former Atascadero developer Kelly Gearhart has been extended from Dec. 29 to Feb. 23. Gearhart faces a statutory maximum of 50 years in federal prison for defrauding investors out of more than $100... (Continue reading)

Stewart Title $10.5 million settlement in the works

By KAREN VELIE More than 400 investors who were defrauded by former North County developer Kelly Gearhart will receive a portion of their losses if all parties agree to a proposed $10,530,570 settlement claim to be paid by Stewart Title.... (Continue reading)

Exclusive: Kelly Gearhart pleads guilty

By KAREN VELIE and DANIEL BLACKBURN Developer Kelly Gearhart pleaded guilty to two counts of wire fraud and one count of money laundering in a Los Angeles federal court Wednesday morning. His plea came in a case in which he... (Continue reading)

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)



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