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Oct 3, 2008 4:26 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Motz's lawyer still awaiting documents from prosecutors

Oct 3, 2008 4:26 PM

The attorney representing Quogue Village Mayor George Motz, who was indicted in August on charges that he illegally earned more than $1.4 million for his Manhattan-based investment firm, is one step closer to securing a trial date for his client after requesting documents from the prosecution during a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

Mr. Motz’s attorney, G. Robert Gage of Manhattan, explained on Tuesday that the status conference, a pre-trial hearing held in U.S. District Court in Central Islip that lasted about 20 minutes, was held to discuss administrative tasks and scheduling concerns.

Mr. Gage said he is still waiting for the prosecution to provide him with documents he requested before he can file any motions on behalf of his client. “We thought that was the best course,” Mr. Gage said.

Mr. Motz, who has also been charged with attempting to impede the ensuing criminal investigation into his activities at the financial firm, is next scheduled to return to court on Friday, December 19, at 4 p.m., for another pre-trial meeting, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office. A trial schedule could be set at that time.

Mr. Motz is the chief executive officer of Melhado, Flynn & Associates and was indicted this summer on one count of security fraud and one count of document alteration, both felonies. Prosecutors are alleging that Mr. Motz “cherry picked” profitable accounts and provided them to a select group of investors as part of an elaborate scheme that entitled the company to earn more than $1.4 million from November 2000 until June 2005. He has also been charged with attempting to cover his tracks after officials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission began investigating him.

Mr. Motz faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted on both counts and was released after posting $500,000 bond following his arraignment.

Authorities have said that the fraud charges are unrelated to Mr. Motz’s duties as mayor of Quogue. In previous interviews, Mr. Motz, who is married to Quogue Village Justice Kittric Motz, has stated that he has no intention of stepping down from his elected post.

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