Jury Deadlocked, Mistrial Declared in Contractor Fraud Case | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

Jury Deadlocked, Mistrial Declared in Contractor Fraud Case | Arkansas Business News – Arkansas News

by Gwen Moritz 
on Friday, Sep. 15, 2017 7:27 am  
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(Mark Friedman)

U.S. District Judge Leon Holmes declared a mistrial Thursday in the criminal trial of R. Alan Hope and Mikel C. Kullander, Little Rock area contractors accused of defrauding the government on contracts intended for companies owned by disabled veterans.

Tim Dudley, one of Hope’s defense attorneys, told Arkansas Business that he expects federal prosecutors to retry the case.

Twelve jurors and two alternates were seated on Sept. 5 and heard five days of testimony. After closing arguments on Wednesday morning, they deliberated for more than four hours and resumed deliberation on Thursday morning. By early afternoon, they reported that they were deadlocked, according to Dudley, but Holmes sent them back to continue work. A mistrial was declared before 5 p.m.

Hope, president of Powers of Arkansas in North Little Rock, and Kullander, owner of Kullander Construction Co. in Little Rock, were indicted in December on multiple felony counts related to an alleged scheme to get millions of dollars in federal contracts by falsely claiming another company they formed in 2007, DAV Construction Co., was headed by a disabled veteran.

Hope originally faced 30 counts and Kullander 31, but two counts against Hope and three against Kullander were eventuallly dismissed. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Mazzanti led the prosecution. Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Banks of Little Rock joined Dudley in defending Hope. Kullander’s defense attorneys are Jane Duke, also a former U.S. attorney, and her colleague at Mitchell Williams Selig Gates & Woodyard, Anton…

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