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Attorney Dumps CoiNuts Owner

Kevin E. Mitchell, the owner and operator of Coinshop.com and now-closed CoiNuts in Coeur d'Alene, was dumped earlier this month by his attorney - for not paying his fees. According to court documents in 1st District Court, attorney Michael E. Ramsden was representing Mitchell in a recent civil case in which a former CoiNuts customer complained of getting ripped off for tens of thousands of dollars by Mitchell. Mitchell's attorney, Ramsden, started seeking to withdraw as Mitchell's attorney late last year. He was granted withdrawl by the court on March 12/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

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Press: CoiNuts Offered Fool’s Gold

In its brilliance, gold blinds. How else can you explain the bizarre episode unfolding before your dazzled eyes? Dozens of locals vociferously attest that they were blinded by Kevin E. Mitchell, owner of CoiNuts in Coeur d'Alene. When he wasn't quoting scripture or, perhaps, making up his own biblical passages along the way, Mitchell was happily taking people's money on the promise that he would deliver gold, coins or other valuables just a bit further down the road, his alleged victims say. Forgive our bluntness, but most people will research or investigate any sizable investment thoroughly before parting with their hard-earned bucks/Coeur d'Alene Press Editorial Board. More here.

Question: Is there too much hysteria out there, warning people to hoard food, guns and gold?

McHugh To Take CoiNuts Case Lead

Some of you commenters were critical of the Coeur d'Alene Police Department for not moving on case against CoiNuts owner Kevin E. Mitchell. CPD spokeswoman Sgt. Christie Wood provided the Coeur d'Alene Press with an extensive time line that shows the police investigated several complaints against CoiNuts but there was no follow-up prosecution. Now, it appears Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh will take the lead on the case, saying it's too complex for one deputy. Quoth McHugh: “The reality is I'm going to be taking the lead on (the case). There certainly are a number of people who said they've lost money, and I believe that to be the case.” Many former CoiNuts customers told The Press that Mitchell allegedly failed to deliver on purchased gold and silver, and that Mitchell often paid for the metals with bad checks. Story here.

Question: After reading the Coeur d'Alene Police Department time line, do you now think the police gave proper attention to this case? How about the prosecutor?

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