Judge Orders Two Curlin Owners into Custody

Two owners of Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Curlin have been ordered jailed by a federal judge, kentucky.com reported Aug. 10.

As part of an agreement to postpone the criminal trial of three attorneys accused of taking money from their clients in the Fen-Phen class-action settlement, U.S. District Judge William Bertelsman revoked their bond and ordered the three into custody.

The men -- Melbourne Mills Jr., Shirley Cunningham Jr., and William Gallion -- were indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Cunningham and Gallion own Curlin, along with Satish Sanan’s Padua Stables, Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables, and George Bolton.

Attorneys for the three men asked that the Oct. 15 trial date be continued because they had not had time to review all the evidence. The judge initially said that because a civil suit had been delayed pending the outcome of the criminal suit, he would not delay the trial.

If the trial date were moved, the judge told the attorneys, he would revoke their bond. After hearing from prosecutors and defense attorneys, he set a new trial date in January and ordered the defendants into custody.

Gallion, Cunningham, and Mills are accused of taking $64 million that should have gone to their clients in the $200-million settlement of the diet drug suit.

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