Three suspects in fraud cases plead not guilty

Three men indicted by a Grand Junction grand jury on a host of fraud-related charges in Mesa, Delta and Douglas counties have pleaded not guilty and will face jury trials later this year.

Rocky Hutson, 57, of Grand Junction; Nelson Scott, 75, of Delta; and Gunther Glaub, 55, of Castle Rock, were all accused of varying counts of filing false claims, bank fraud and writing false checks in an interconnected case that the Department of Justice alleges involved the defendants attempting to swindle a combined total of more than $29 million from various banking organizations and the federal government.

Peter Miller, 47, of Delta, was indicted along with the other three, and entered a not-guilty plea earlier this month.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Pete Hautzinger, one of the federal prosecutors involved in the case, said in a hearing last week that Hutson and Scott were both adherents to the “sovereign citizen” movement, whose members generally don’t recognize federal or state government authority.

Hutson, who attempted to run for Mesa County sheriff in 2014 but withdrew because of his criminal record, faces 14 counts in his federal case. His indictment said the alleged crimes took place in Mesa County.

Scott faces four counts of bank fraud and creating fictitious financial instruments the indictment said took place in Delta County.

Glaub is accused of six counts of false claims and mailing fictitious financial instruments in Douglas County. The connection between Glaub and the other three men isn’t clear.

Hutson and Scott are both scheduled to stand trial in November, while Glaub is scheduled for a four-day jury trial in August.

Miller’s jury trial is also scheduled for November.


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