AG delays drag out fraud case against layton businessman

Friday , March 28, 2014 - 12:42 PM

Loretta Park, Standard-Examiner Staff

FARMINGTON — The case against a man who was charged in 2012 with multiple counts of fraud is still ongoing.

Brett Edward Delbridge, 37, of Layton, appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday. He was charged on Sept. 20, 2012, with one count of second-degree felony pattern of unlawful activity; one count of third-degree felony communications fraud; two counts of communications fraud, class A misdemeanors; and seven counts of communication fraud, class B misdemeanors.

A four-day jury trial in January was canceled at a November hearing.

Deputy Davis County Attorney Rick Westmoreland told Judge Michael Allphin the state’s Attorney General’s Office planned to take over the case because there were more than 100 cases and victims throughout the state. Westmoreland said on Monday they are still waiting for the Attorney General’s Office to finish its review and then proceed with the case.

Another hearing has been set for April 21.

Layton police said Delbridge owned and operated a business in Layton. He would agree to provide his clients with a product and required payment of at least half the money, but did not provide the products nor refund the money.

Police said Delbridge sold T-shirts, hoodies and hats with personalized logos on them.

The most money Delbridge is accused of taking is $2,800 from clients in Davis, Weber and Salt Lake counties, from 2005 to August 2012.

One of those victims was Layton Christian Academy, police said. The school paid Delbridge $1,010 in 2012 for sportswear he did not deliver.

Contact reporter Loretta Park at 801-625-4252 or Follow her on Twitter at @LorettaParkSE.

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