Warren man hides $165,000 in pickup; divorce judge says turn over half

Posted June 01, 2012, at 12:33 p.m.
Last modified June 01, 2012, at 4:24 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — A Warren man has been ordered to turn over half of a $165,400 stash of cash found in his pickup truck as part of divorce proceedings.

Judge Patricia Worth issued the order, attaching half of the cash because of the “clear danger” that the man would remove the money.

The money was found May 23 in his truck that was parked at the Knox County Courthouse where he was attending a case management hearing in the divorce proceedings brought last year by his wife. The Bangor Daily News is not naming the individuals since there are no criminal charges involved.

The husband had reported to the court that he only had $10,000 in the bank but the wife reported that she recalls seeing large sums of money in his truck when they were together, according to court records. The husband works both as an elver fisherman and as a self-employed house painter. The judge inquired about the contents of his truck and he said there were only personal items and personal papers in the truck, according to the court records.

The woman’s attorney Eric Morse of Rockland requested and the judge agreed May 23 to order the man to cooperate in an inspection of the contents of the truck. He did not cooperate and a locksmith was called. The truck was unlocked and in the glove compartment was $26,000 in cash. A safe was found bolted to the bed of the pickup truck and upon opening the box by the locksmith another $139,400 in cash was discovered.

The woman’s attorney informed the court in his motion for attachment of half the cash that the man had deliberately attempted to mislead the court.

The wife is seeking spousal support and payment of her attorney fees as well as division of marital assets.

The $84,700 in cash that was attached by the court order will be put into an escrow account until the case is settled.

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