By PETER HUSSMANN
The Kellogg man who plead guilty to wire fraud has been ordered to appear in federal court a week before his scheduled sentencing date next month to determine whether he should be held in contempt for failing to make court-ordered payments for his public defender legal representation.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ross Walters on Wednesday ordered that Jason Kibbee attend a show cause hearing on July 5 at the federal courthouse in Des Moines to determine whether to find him in contempt for failing to make the $500 monthly payments that the judge ordered in January "to help defray the public cost of his representation."
"I have been informed by our Finance Department that the defendant is delinquent on his court-ordered payments," Judge Walters wrote in his order setting the hearing. "On May 2, the court wrote to counsel for the defendant seeking payment or an explanation. There has been no response from counsel."
In September 2011, a federal grand jury indicted Kibbee on one count of wire fraud and one count of making a false statement to a financial institution. At a change of plea hearing in March, Kibbee plead guilty to wire fraud in return for federal prosecutors dismissing the charge of making a false statement to a financial institution.
He faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1 million fine when he is sentenced on the count on July 12.