Steve Standridge Enters Not Guilty Pleas

by Mark Friedman  on Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 11:18 am  

Steve Standridge (Photo by Mark Friedman) (Photo by Mark Friedman)

Former insurance agent Steve Standridge of Mount Ida entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday to 12 felony federal counts related to alleged fraudulent premium finance loans.

U.S. Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray allowed the 6-foot, 9-inch Standridge to keep his passport while he remains free on bond, but told him not to travel outside the United States without permission.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen Whatley said she expects the government's portion of the trial to last eight days. The case was set for Oct. 22.

On Aug. 29, Standridge's attorney, Tim Dudley of Little Rock, issued a subpoena asking Darwin Hendrix, the CEO of the Bank of Delight, to appear in the Little Rock courthouse Tuesday and bring with him all records involving a number of loans related to Standridge's case.

Hendrix objected and said he was prohibited from disclosing nonpublic personal information of a customer, according to his court filings in the case.  

The issue wasn't discussed during Tuesday's plea and arraignment hearing. A court date hasn't been set to discuss that legal issue.



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