The federal fraud trial of former Miami Dolphin Will Allen is scheduled to begin in late September in Boston, but attorneys for Allen and his co-defendant say they need more time to prepare his defense.
“This case will involve very intensive investigation efforts which will require the interviews of a large number of out of state witnesses,” attorneys for Allen and co-defendant Susan Daub wrote in a motion. “These witnesses include a large number of investors in the company the defendants operated, professional athletes working in different states who acquired loans from their company, and the agents/attorneys/team franchise representatives who aided the athletes in acquiring the loans.”
Allen, who has told the judge he’s so broke he pawned his watches and leaned on a former Dolphins teammate for bail money, is represented by a federal public defender. Daub is represented by Boston attorneys Bradford Bailey and Adamo Lanza.
Defense attorneys want the judge to delay the trial until January. Federal prosecutors argue that the defense has had months to prepare and that the trial should start Sept. 26 as scheduled.
Federal prosecutors accuse Allen of committing 23 felonies in the course of running a Ponzi scheme. Allen made short-term, high-interest loans to athletes such as the NHL’s Jack Johnson. Prosecutors say he fabricated loans to raise money from investors.
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