10th delay for former Prattsville supervisor's trial
Andrea Macko reports for Porcupine Soup that, for the tenth time, the federal trial of former Prattsville Town Supervisor Kory O’Hara and local businessman Stephen Baker has been delayed. The two are charged with alleged fraud relating to grants Prattsville got after Hurricane Irene wrecked the town in western Greene County. On Dec. 29 United States District Judge Frederick J. Scullin signed a tenth 90-day continuance, moving the trial date to April 4. Lawyers for the defendants asked for the delay to “engage in plea negotiations, file motions, and prepare for trial.” O’Hara and Baker were indicted in Nov. 2019 for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, and theft concerning a program receiving federal funds. In addition, O’Hara is charged with bank fraud and making false statements on a loan application. “The government has produced over 640,000 pages of discovery, including financial records for a number of bank accounts, grant applications and related documents, search warrants executed on a business and an email account, and items seized pursuant to those warrants,” according to court documents. Read more about this story at Porcupine Soup.