Friday, February 17, 2012
Greg Cordell, in a deal with federal prosecutors, pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud in a case related to his Old Mill Road home destroyed in a 2004 blaze.
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Friday, February 17, 2012
Formal Cartersville mayoral candidate, Realtor and developer, and hairdresser Greg Cordell has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty to bank fraud. Following twists and turns in the federal criminal case related to the 2004 fire that destroyed his large Cartersville home, Cordell was deemed mentally competent to stand trial, but pleaded guilty to one count in a deal with prosecutors, who agreed drop the other charges he faced. Cordell—who lost a related, prior civil trial resulting in a $1 million judgment against him—also faces state arson and fraud charges related to the Old Mill Road blaze. U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. sentenced Cordell, 46, to two years and three months in prison followed by five years of…
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Greg Cordell asked to amend his motion for dismissal of the federal charges, and it is due to the court later this month.
At a Friday hearing in Atlanta, Greg Cordell, who is accused in federal court of bank fraud, loan application fraud and money laundering, got a new attorney but kept an old one. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell in part granted a request by federal defenders who represented Cordell — Thomas Hawker has been removed from the case due to irreconcilable differences with Cordell, but Jake Waldrop will remain as co-counsel. Both attorneys had asked the court to relinquish them of their duties in defending Cordell, citing the irreconcilable differences. Pannell appointed Cordell a new lead attorney to fill Hawker's former role — William Allman Morrison of the Atlanta firm Jones, Morrison & Womack. Cordell's latest motion to dismiss the …
Friday, July 1, 2011
While the judge has ordered Greg Cordell's case put on the trial calendar, the formal hairdresser's attorneys cite "irreconcilable differences" in their request to no longer serve.
Greg Cordell, the man accused of procuring the fire the largest residential fire in Cartersville, likely is headed to trial in federal court, but it's unclear if will have an attorney or represent himself. Following a magistrate judge's ruling the formal mayoral candidate and real estate company owner is competent to stand trial, U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr. issued an order Wednesday directing Cordell to face the bank fraud, loan application fraud and money laundering charges. But Cordell's attorneys, Thomas Hawker and Jake Waldrop, federal public defenders, requested they be released from their duties of defending the former hairdresser. "Mr. Cordell and undersigned counsel have irreconcilable differences about the course of…
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson issued his findings Monday.
The former Cartersville mayoral candidate at the center of both federal and state criminal cases was found mentally competent to stand federal trial on bank fraud, loan application fraud and money laundering charges. Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson issued the report Monday and recommended Cordell's trial date be set at the court's earliest convenience. “Mr. Cordell is not presently suffering from a mental disease or defect rendering him mentally incompetent to the extent that he is unable to understand the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him or to assist properly in his defense,” Johnson said in his findings, which are attached to this article. Cordell allegedly threatened the safety of the first federal judge in …