RI fraud defendant to keep court-appointed lawyer

AP News
Posted: Jan 05, 2012 4:12 PM
RI fraud defendant to keep court-appointed lawyer

A law student accused of participating in a $25 million investment fraud scheme in Rhode Island is keeping his court-appointed public defender after a closed-door hearing about his finances.

Defense attorney Olin Thompson said Thursday that he will continue to represent 27-year-old Raymour Radhakrishnan.

He declined further comment.

A federal judge questioned Radhakrishnan's ability to pay for his legal defense after he sought permission to travel to Las Vegas later this month to attend a technology tradeshow. A spokesman for Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney says Radhakrishnan was given the OK to attend the tradeshow.

Radhakrishnan and his former boss, 49-year-old Joseph Caramadre, pleaded not guilty last month to a 66-count indictment on charges including conspiracy, identity theft, aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

Both are free on bail.