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A judge has ordered the sentencing for married couple Greg and Kimberly Jeffreys, both of whom pleaded guilty to defrauding development investors in Spokane and elsewhere, pushed to the summer.
For Greg Jeffreys, the accused mastermind of schemes ranging from leasing property at inflated rices in the restored Ridpath Hotel downtown and bilking the federal government of funds in the construction of a military installation off Highway 2, it is the second continuance granted ahead of sentencing. Prosecutors want Jeffreys to serve eight years in prison and pay back millions in restitution from fraudulent schemes, but Jeffreys plans to fight that amount by calling a cavalcade of witnesses at his sentencing hearing.
That hearing will now tentatively take place in June, according to a court order signed last week.
Kimberly Jeffreys, who pleaded guilty in February to fraud charges stemming from the military installation construction, was granted her first sentencing continuance. A hearing scheduled for next month has been pushed to July, according to court records. For her involvement, prosecutors want Kimberly Jeffreys to spend six months in prison and pay restitution of up to $150,000.
A third conspirator, Shannon Stiltner, was sentenced in February to seven months of prison time and ordered to pay restitution to two investors totaling about $58,000.
Embattled Spokane Developer Gregory Jeffreys will have to face 73 felony counts of fraud-related federal charges without the services of experienced defense attorney Mark Vovos.
Vovos has filed a motion to withdraw from the case after initially representing Jeffreys in the first two hearings following Jeffreys’ Jan. 25 indictment on dozens of counts of bank fraud and money laundering charges stemming from a series of transactions in what government prosecutors have described as a Ponzi scheme.
“Mr. Jeffreys is currently without funds to pay for an attorney or the attendant and necessary costs for his defense,” Vovos wrote in court records. “In my view of the money laundering charges and my limited review of his financial situation, he has not funds for an attorney or experts that are necessary in this complex litigation.”
Jeffreys, 53, has largely been blamed for the legal and financial debacle surrounding the Ridpath Hotel. He faces 73 felony counts of fraud and money-laundering charges in which federal prosecutors allege he, Shannon Stiltner, and his wife used forged documents to defraud banks and others to invest in buildings that often didn’t even exist.
None of the charges against him, however, are related to his dealings involving the Ridpath.
Also charged in the case are 53-year-old Kimberly Jeffreys and 51-year-old Stiltner. Both have been released on bond but U.S. Magistrate Judge Cynthia Imbrogno ordered Gregory Jeffreys held in the Spokane County Jail without bond following a contentious hearing on Feb. 1.
Federal investigators are attempting to seize an Arizona property owned by Spokane real estate investors as part of a broader probe into alleged fraud by the couple, who are tangled in the complicated ownership of the former Ridpath Hotel complex.
FBI agent Lisa Jangaard filed a request last week to seize an office building in Sun Lakes, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix. According to court files, Greg Jeffreys and his wife, Kimberly Jeffreys, obtained $600,000 from an investor as partial payment for the purchase of an upscale office building in San Francisco.