Former Miami Beach concert promoter Jack Utsick — who produced tours for Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson and Elton John, among other stars — won't have to face trial on Monday.
The 73-year-old Utsick, charged with swindling millions from investors, has a new trial date: April 4. A Miami federal judge on Tuesday reluctantly delayed it after Utsick's defense attorney, Eric Lisann, said he would not be ready for what he described as a “massive, complicated” case with thousands of records and dozens of witnesses. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Gonsoulin countered that the mail-fraud case, despite its scope, was “straightforward.”
Concerned about getting reversed on appeal, U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga agreed to postpone the trial — but warned she would not grant another continuance.
Altonaga also agreed to hold a competency hearing, after Utsick’s attorney claimed his client is unable to assist in his own defense because of his bipolar disorder and deteriorating health.
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Utsick is accused of diverting millions from thousands of his investors in what authorities have described as a Ponzi scheme to pay for a pair of luxury condos at Portofino tower on South Beach, collector cars, artwork and other personal expenses between 1996 and 2006. The Utsick case ranks among the largest financial schemes in South Florida, authorities say.
Extradited from Brazil in late 2014, Utsick is being held at the Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami.