Peter Frommer’s attorney in question
ASPEN It is uncertain whether alleged check-fraud artist Peter Frommer will switch from a public defender to a high-dollar attorney.Frommer was in court in Aspen on Tuesday and his lawyer, public defender Garth McCarty, filed a motion to withdraw from the case, citing additional sources of income that McCarty said disqualifies Frommer from being represented by the public defenders office.Frommer submitted a $20,000 cashiers check from his father, Otto, to the Denver law firm of Haddon, Morgan, Mueller, Jordan, Mackey & Foreman P.C. as proof of new counsel.Judge James Boyd continued the matter until June 2, when Frommer is scheduled to appear with his new attorney.If someone from the Denver firms office does not appear on Frommers behalf and Frommer objects to McCartys motion to withdraw from the case, court officials would review Frommers finances to see if he qualifies for an attorney on the taxpayers dime.Frommer faces felony fraud charges connected to a string of bad checks he allegedly wrote to a handful of Aspen retailers, real estate agents, banks and babysitters during the winter of 2006-07.He also faces a handful of high-dollar judgments in lawsuits over allegations that he conned investors out of millions in his native California.Judge Boyd postponed the trial, which was originally scheduled to begin this week; no new trial date has been set.
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