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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 am

Kevin E. Mitchell, the owner and operator of and now-closed CoiNuts in Coeur d'Alene, was dumped earlier this month by his attorney - for not paying his fees.

According to court documents in 1st District Court, attorney Michael E. Ramsden was representing Mitchell in a recent civil case in which a former CoiNuts customer complained of getting ripped off for tens of thousands of dollars by Mitchell.

Mitchell's attorney, Ramsden, started seeking to withdraw as Mitchell's attorney late last year. He was granted withdrawl by the court on March 12.

Ramsden filed documents March 12 to withdraw as Mitchell's attorney, saying Mitchell "failed to maintain consistent communications with (Ramsden's) office, (and) has failed to pay attorney fees or costs incurred... ."

Marc Lyons, Ramsden's law partner at Ramsden and Lyons in Coeur d'Alene, confirmed on Tuesday his office cut ties with Mitchell.

"This law firm does not currently represent CoiNuts, or Kevin Mitchell," Lyons said in a email.

Lyons said he didn't know who is representing Mitchell currently. Mitchell has declined comment to The Press.

The Press reported recently that CoiNuts allegedly swindled several dozen of its customers. Many claim to have lost tens of thousands of dollars, and others hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Mitchell, 47, of Hayden Lake, has been accused of regularly failing to deliver on gold and silver purchased by customers, and of writing bad checks for valuables. CoiNuts was located at 296 W. Sunset Ave., just off U.S. 95 in Coeur d'Alene. It closed in July.

Mitchell hasn't been charged in connection with the alleged swindling.

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  • The Simple Truth posted at 9:18 am on Thu, Mar 21, 2013.

    The Simple Truth Posts: 563

    What I like best about all of this is that most of the losers were likely Glenn Beck fans wanting to buy gold.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 11:20 pm on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1490

    As much as I dislike the IRS, it wouldn't bother me if they made Mitchell's life a nightmare; although I'd much rather see his victims get some of their money back than see the IRS get it.

  • skunkworks posted at 10:20 pm on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Hello Kevin..
    There are Third Party "Exceptions" which may Pertain to Mr Mitchell's situation..And if Mr Ramsden is also an Unpaid Victim There may be a clause for Client Privileges in the Contract...Also there is a Crime or Fraud Exception. If a client seeks advice from an attorney to assist with the furtherance of a crime or fraud or the post-commission concealment of the crime or fraud, then the communication is not privileged. If, however, the client has completed a crime or fraud and then seeks the advice of legal counsel, such communications are privileged " Unless the client considers covering up the crime or fraud"...Lets hope the IRS has its Day with Mr Mitchell as well...

  • Keven Johnson posted at 9:25 pm on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1490

    Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I am pretty sure that even though the attorney no longer represents Mitchell, he's still forbidden from disclosing information given to him in confidence while he did represent him.

    I'm wondering if anyone's thought to look into a possible connection between McHugh and Mitchell? Is there something Mitchell could use as leverage preventing McHugh from prosecuting this crook?

  • skunkworks posted at 7:36 pm on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    skunkworks Posts: 252

    Bye Bye Attorney Client Privilege !!!!! Depose Mr Ramsden to see what he knows and How it could Benefit the victims...

  • babydriver posted at 11:53 am on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    babydriver Posts: 1393

    What to do?

    We have lost control of our government at all levels.

  • voxpop posted at 5:36 am on Wed, Mar 20, 2013.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Wow! Big surprise, 'eh? So, what's next - county taxpayers get to pay his attorney fees? This guy not being charged and old Barry taking over prosecution sure makes my conspiracy nerve endings twitch.

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