The trial for Lenoir City resident Christina Erin Myers on charges of wire fraud and money laundering has again been pushed back.
Myers, 36, was indicted in October by a federal grand jury on two counts of money laundering and four counts of wire fraud. She pleaded not guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Debra Poplin in U.S. District Court in Knoxville.
Myers’ case is now set for Aug. 6. In November, Myers’ legal counsel Gregory P. Isaacs of the Isaacs Law Firm in Knoxville filed a motion for continuance of trial date and extension of deadlines.
Both sides later determined August would work, according to a memorandum and order entered by Poplin on March 4. Discussion initially had the trial set for April 16.
Myers’ legal counsel argued that the case’s complexity, along with another “complex federal trial” being worked on, required additional time.
If necessary, a final pretrial conference is set for July 23.
U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips is scheduled to preside over the case.
The indictment alleges from May 2014 to July 2018, Myers “engaged in a scheme to defraud elderly individuals under the guise of selling them residential properties at Williams Ferry Pointe,” a senior living community in Lenoir City, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office release in October. Williams Ferry Pointe is operated by Tennessee Baptist Adult Homes, which is a residential care provider for seniors and adults with exceptional needs.
According to the indictment, Myers also solicited and accepted fake investment opportunities through Certificates of Deposit with SouthEast Bank.
“She allegedly implemented her scheme by diverting funds that were for the purchase of the real estate to her own personal use and marketing non-existent senior community housing,” the October release says. “The indictment further alleges that Myers promoted and sold fictitious investment opportunities and diverted those funds to her own personal use instead of investing them for the victims.”
Myers fraudulently obtained $518,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Isaacs could not be reached for comment by News-Herald presstime. The U.S. Attorney’s Office does not speak on pending litigation.