SAN FRANCISCO – Former Vann’s CEO George Manlove is asking for his conviction on more than a hundred counts in a federal fraud case to be overturned, arguing he was denied a fair trial because of prosecutor’s questions.
Manlove was convicted last year on 170 counts after the trial in U.S. District Court in Missoula.
He was implicated on charges of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars through fraud, money laundering and other crimes while he was the CEO of the Missoula-based retailer.
The company would eventually file for bankruptcy.
Now, Manlove’s attorney is taking the case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing prosecutors were allowed to use “calculated, sustained and improper use of leading questions” during the trial, especially with co-defendant Paul Nisbet on the stand.
Defense attorney Daniel Donovan complains that prevented the defense team from “weighing the credibility” of Nisbet’s testimony against Manlove.
Manlove has been serving a five-year sentence that started last summer.
Reporting by Dennis Bragg for MTN News