FARMINGTON -- A Salt Lake City attorney said he can pay restitution by Aug. 15 if a business deal in China goes through.
To that end, Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings agreed to continue a two-day jury trial that was slated to run July 14-15 for Thomas R. Blonquist, 72.
Blonquist appeared in 2nd District Court on Monday before Judge John R. Morris.
Blonquist is charged with two counts of securities fraud, one count of theft and one count of exploitation of a disabled or elder adult, all second-degree felonies. Investigators said Blonquist stole nearly $250,000 from a Davis County woman who gave him funds in 2006 to invest. The woman was in her 80s.
Rawlings said he spoke with the victim before Monday's hearing and she agreed to wait until Aug. 15.
"Our primary concern is the age of Mr. Blonquist and if he goes to trial and is convicted, the victim more than likely will not see any restitution," Rawlings said.
Rawlings said he and the victim are "skeptical" but willing to take a chance that Blonquist will be able to pay back any of the money.
Blonquist, who was representing himself, said he is working on a business venture in China and expects to have a check by Aug. 15.
"If he's able to pull it off, frankly, the state will be in disbelief," Rawlings said.
"It's either true or a sophisticated way to ask for a continuation."
Morris set Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 for a two-day jury trial, just in case Blonquist does not make restitution. If convicted of any of the second-degree felonies, Blonquist could be sentenced to serve 1 to 15 years in Utah State Prison on each charge.
Blonquist is also facing disciplinary actions from the Utah State Bar. A bar complaint was filed March 29 in 3rd District Court that claims another Davis County woman hired Blonquist in 2003. She gave Blonquist two checks totaling more than $500,000 and then spent the next seven years asking him to return the money.