Fraud case delayed for ex-Provo Councilman Steve Turley
American Fork • Former Provo Municipal Councilman Steve Turley, accused of 10 felony fraud counts, will have to wait two more months for his court case to proceed.
Deputy Utah County Attorney Chad Grunander said prosecutors needed more time to process the request from Turley's lawyers to see evidence.
Grunander told 4th District Judge Christine S. Johnson that he was expecting another request to see documents this week.
Turley's lawyer, former U.S. Attorney Brett Tolman, said he was willing to grant prosecutors more time to process the requests.
Johnson scheduled the next hearing in Turley's case for 8:30 a.m. March 6. That hearing is expected to determine if Turley will waive a preliminary hearing.
Turley faces seven counts of communications fraud, two counts of exploiting a vulnerable adult and one count of engaging in a pattern of criminal activity. If convicted, he could face from one to 15 years in prison on each count.
The felony charges stem from Turley's private business dealings.
In addition to the criminal charges, a city ethics investigation found five instances in which Turley violated ethics rules by not disclosing a conflict of interest or took actions based on information he gleaned as a councilman.
Turley resigned from the council in September, just before his colleagues were to vote on whether to remove him from office.
Former Provo Municpal Councilman Steve Turley's next court date is 8:30 a.m. March 6.
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