News (AP) - Defense lawyer wants off financial fraud case

DETROIT (AP) -- A defense lawyer's request to drop out of a major financial fraud case is drawing opposition from federal prosecutors in Detroit.

Harold Gurewitz says Edward May can't afford to keep him as his lawyer, among other issues. May is scheduled to go to trial in November. The Oakland County man is charged with deceiving investors in a $200 million Ponzi scheme. The government alleges that money was recycled to other investors or used for May's personal use. Losses exceeded $35 million by 2007.

The U.S. attorney's office says investors are waiting for May's trial, and getting a new attorney would put the case on hold until 2011. The government says Gurewitz could be paid as a court-appointed lawyer if May can't afford him.

Published: Tue, Aug 31, 2010


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