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Bail review scheduled Wednesday in alleged scammer case

Attorney for Floyd Jay Mann, Jr., of Puyallup says his "financial, mental health history, and drug history" will be important to defense, and wants judge to clarify who has access to that information.

The case of Floyd Jay Mann, Jr., will be back in an Anchorage federal court this week for a bail review hearing. Mann is accused of perpetrating a years’ long scheme that defrauded millions of dollars from victims in Alaska, mainly in Dillingham. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more:

Transcript: Mann’s federal public defender Jamie McGrady asked for the bail review, citing concerns about information that could implicate her client. As per his current release conditions, Mann is required to undergo an alcohol and substance abuse evaluation, a mental health evaluation, and could be asked to provide information about his finances to probation officers.

McGrady says “at this point, it appears that Mr. Mann’s financial information, mental health history, and drug history will play critical roles in any potential defense at trial.”

Therefore she wants the judge to make clear who will have access to information gathered by financial, health, and mental health professionals in order to protect Mann’s Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. McGrady says she was only recently provided with more details about the case from the federal prosecutor, and that Mann has not decided whether to seek to settle the case or go to trial.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. in Anchorage courtroom 5 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Oravec.

Mann is accused of scamming at least $2.7 million dollars out of more than a dozen victims over several years, and gambling that money away at a Washington casino. Most of his victims live in or have ties to Dillingham. He was indicted on eleven counts of wire fraud and eight counts of money laundering and could face 20 years in jail if convicted.

After his arrest this fall, Mann was released to ankle monitoring and has been present for one court appearance in Anchorage.

Reach the author at dave@kdlg.org or 907.842.5281