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Did Thompson use divorce to hide assets?

A court filing says Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. lives rent- free in this Hayden house. As part of a September 2009 divorce filing, Thompson gave his wife all interest in the log home, which for a time was for sale for $675,000. (Kathy Plonka)
A court filing says Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. lives rent- free in this Hayden house. As part of a September 2009 divorce filing, Thompson gave his wife all interest in the log home, which for a time was for sale for $675,000. (Kathy Plonka)

Spokane police Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. divorced his wife to shield his assets and force taxpayers to foot the bill for his criminal defense, the federal prosecutor in the Otto Zehm case alleged in court documents filed last week.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Durkin filed a motion asking U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle to allow the government to tell the jury in Thompson’s upcoming trial about the divorce agreement, which Durkin called a “fraudulent transfer” under Idaho law.

Thompson’s attorney, Carl Oreskovich, called the fraud allegation “unsubstantiated.”

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse's story here.

Past coverage and a document containing federal allegations about Thompson’s divorce filing can be found here.




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