Federal prosecutor alleges threat against her
The FBI is investigating alleged death threats made by a fraud suspect against a Grand Junction-based federal prosecutor, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver confirmed Friday.
Michael Patrick Corrigan, 57, formerly of Gunnison County but more recently a resident of Reform, Ala., has been under law enforcement scrutiny since early October, when authorities learned of alleged threats against the life of Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.
The alleged threats came to light just before Oct. 11, when a federal judge was scheduled to set bond conditions for Corrigan’s release from custody. The Oct. 11 hearing was postponed to give the U.S. Marshals Service and FBI an opportunity to investigate, according to court filings.
Two inmates who shared a cell at the Mesa County Jail were initially interviewed by the FBI. The inmates are not identified in court records.
“In fact, the defendant did threaten to harm the undersigned (Assistant U.S. Attorney) on numerous occasions since he was detained on July 2, 2012,” Heldmyer wrote in a court filing. “In addition, the investigation revealed a plot by the defendant to flee the country and to hack into government computers.”
Heldmyer alleged that agents found evidence Corrigan was “conducting another Internet investment scheme” and spoke with a potential victim in jail.
“The defendant also attempted to persuade his wife to supply him with untraceable funds once he was out of jail and on bond,” Heldmyer alleged.
Corrigan, who is being held without bond at the Mesa County Jail, has a prior conviction for solicitation to commit aggravated assault and possession of a pipe bomb.
Corrigan was initially arrested June 5 in Tuscaloosa, Ala., after a grand jury returned an indictment on charges including four counts of mail fraud and four counts of wire fraud, which allegedly involved a fake NASCAR memorabilia company.
According to the indictment, Corrigan allegedly created several companies in 2006 with the intent to defraud investors, including one Colorado company, Racezing Mania Corp., purportedly a distributor of NASCAR memorabilia. The indictment alleged Corrigan claimed some investors would become millionaires. He allegedly collected $950,000 between 2005 and 2008 and spent it on personal uses.
Heldmyer is the lead prosecutor in the case.