EUGENE — A trial has not yet been set for nine people connected to the Corvallis Cannabis Club who are accused of a $1 million credit card fraud scheme.
The nine also are accused of illegally selling marijuana grown at a Corvallis operation out of state. Prosecutors allege that the Corvallis operation was financed by money from the fraud scheme.
Lawyers representing the nine, including the dispensary’s owners and some employees, asked for another 120 days to prepare their defenses in a hearing Wednesday afternoon at the United States District Court building.
Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin approved the request and said they could discuss setting a trial date at the next hearing, scheduled for March 6, they could discuss setting a trial date.
The accused in the case are Mariam Gevorkova and Yeghishe Nazaryan, the owners of the Corvallis Cannabis Club; Gevorkova's sister, Lilit Gevorkova, and her husband, Ararat Manukyan, who worked at the dispensary; and Issa J. Barsha; Akmaljon Radjapov; Shokhrukh Tashpulatov; Davit Sukiasyan; and Gevorg Tashchyan.
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They face charges of conspiracy; mail fraud; wire fraud; bank fraud; manufacture, distribution, or possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with the intent to distribute; and conspiracy to manufacture, distribute, or possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance (marijuana). Charges in the case were initially filed in June.
All of the defendants have been released, one of the defense attorneys said. None of the defendants appeared at the hearing.
Wednesday’s hearing in the case was a complicated affair with five attorneys in the courtroom and another two calling in by phone. The two on the phone had trouble hearing proceedings and had to ask for things to be repeated.
“For all those attorneys out there who wonder why we don’t let you appear by telephone more often, this is exhibit ‘A,’” said Coffin.
Corvallis Cannabis Club is no longer listed as a licensed marijuana seller by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.