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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that on February 26, 2014, Racine County Circuit Court Judge Allan B. Torhorst found that there was probable cause to believe that Abimael Gutierrez committed a felony and bound him over for trial in Racine County Case No. 14 CF 174. A pre-trial conference has been scheduled for April 25, 2014, at 8:15 am in Racine County.
This case involves a loan received by the defendant from the then-Department of Commerce through the Forward Innovation Fund in the amount of $82,870. The complaint alleges that the defendant swore he had purchased a crane for $28,000, which he, in fact, never purchased. The complaint further alleges that the defendant purchased various other equipment that was subject to a security agreement in favor of the state and that most of that equipment now cannot be located. A copy of the complaint can be found here
The defendant is presumed innocent and the state must prove he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The state is being represented by Assistant Attorney General Richard J. Dufour. The case was investigated by the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Department of Justice. The Department of Justice -- Office of Crime Victim Services is providing assistance in this case.