Local law agencies investigate Flint’s claims against ex-wife
Editor’s Note: Child pornography charges were eventually dismissed.
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Fifth District Attorney’s office and Frisco Police Department confirmed Wednesday they are investigating allegations that Dennis Flint’s former wife, Dawn Flint, forged checks and stole money from bank accounts controlled solely by Flint.
The agencies declined to provide further information because of the ongoing investigations.
Investigators have copies of canceled checks totaling more than $6,000, which Flint said were taken by his wife and his signature forged on them.
The D.A. filed felony child pornography possession charges against Flint in March 2009. After paying attorney Timothy Bussey $84,000 for his defense, Flint has run out of money and has been appointed the public defender as the complicated case drags toward a possible trial.
Several of the checks, which were either payable to Dawn Flint or payable to a bank account to which she had access, are dated during June and July 2006 – which coincides with the time she contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and claimed she had found child porn on a computer used by her then-husband.
The FBI initially investigated and seized two computers for the Flint’s Blue River home but did not bring charges, citing no interstate component to the case. The FBI gave the evidence to the district attorney and Summit County Sheriff’s Office, which brought charges after a local investigation.
At the time of the indictment and Flint’s arrest, D.A. Mark Hurlbert said the FBI’s two-and-a-half year investigation involved thorough searches through evidence, as well as executions of search warrants.
The Frisco investigation involves a complaint Flint made recently regarding the alleged theft of a check from the High Country Health Care office, where he had been employed as CEO.
While Flint said on advice of his attorney he is limited on what he can say, he called trying to bring the alleged check forgeries to light “a frustrating maze.”
“The Sheriff said the D.A. had jurisdiction, then it was Breck and then back to the DA,” he said.
Flint spoke of the alleged forgeries during a court hearing before District Judge Terry Ruckriegle in January when Flint was explaining why he had no money to continue to pay for an attorney and was seeking court-appointed legal representation. At the time, assistant prosecutor Ann Francis objected, but Ruckriegle ruled the information was pertinent to determining whether Flint was entitled to court-appointed legal counsel. The public defender was later appointed.
Flint’s next court appearance is a hearing set for 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Summit County Courthouse.
Public defender Dana Christiansen, who is representing Flint in the felony child pornography case, said Wednesday he was not yet familiar enough with the case to comment on the what he expects will happen next. He also was not familiar with the allegations Flint has made against his ex-wife.
Flint’s previous attorneys maintained the initial investigation which led to the child pornography charges stemmed from ongoing personal issues between Flint and his wife, Dawn, which resulted in divorce.
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