Developer Wirth Lacks Atty., Tax Evasion Case Delayed

Jeffrey Wirth, who heads The Wirth Companies, appeared in court on Monday, but his arraignment reportedly won't happen right away because he lacks a lawyer.

Local real estate developer Jeffrey Wirth, who was charged Thursday with tax evasion, made his first court appearance Monday-but his arraignment was postponed because he doesn't have a lawyer, according to the Star Tribune.

Wirth, who heads Brooklyn Center-based The Wirth Companies, stands accused of orchestrating a scheme with the help of his former wife, Holly C. Damiani, and their tax preparer, Michael J. Murry. The scheme allegedly took place between early 2003 and early 2010, according to the Minneapolis newspaper.

All three reportedly face charges of tax-evasion conspiracy. Wirth and Damiani were also charged with filing false tax returns, and Murry was charged with preparing false tax returns.

The arraignments of all three have been postponed, according to the Star Tribune. No date was set for the plea hearing, and all three were reportedly released on unsecured bonds and told to hand in their passports.

Wirth told the Star Tribune after the hearing that he wasn't able to comment. His previous lawyer, Chris Madel at Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi, confirmed that he isn't representing Wirth in the criminal case but didn't say why.

To read more about Wirth's initial court appearance in the Star Tribune, click here. To learn more about Wirth and the specific charges he faces, click here for the Star Tribune's initial story about the allegations.