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MORGAN — A Salt Lake City-based attorney appeared as a defendant during a Wednesday morning hearing in Morgan.

Richard G. Uday, a 65-year-old Holliday resident, was indicted in December by Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris on one count of theft by deception, a second-degree felony.

Charging documents allege that Uday and Morgan County agreed to a contract that would require Uday to represent someone in a post-conviction appeal. “Mr. Uday specifically proffered that he was ‘qualified to be appointed as defense appellate counsel,’” according to the affidavit.

The county later found that Uday was allegedly prohibited from appearing in the state court of appeals as appointed counsel after Uday was allegedly discharged from representing clients in four separate appeals cases.

By the time of this revelation, Morgan County had reportedly paid Uday over $41,000 for his services. The county claims that Uday never filed an appellate brief, which was “the essence of his obligation,” according to charging documents.

After his indictment, Uday was served a summons earlier this month to appear in court Wednesday.

During a brief initial appearance in Morgan’s 2nd District Court, Uday waived the reading of the charge against him and was told by Judge Noel Hyde that the maximum penalty for his charge could be a sentence of one to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Uday said he had yet to find an attorney for his case, and requested a report on counsel hearing to take place in March. Farris, who was present in court, allowed the case to be continued until that date.

Uday did not respond to a call or email requesting comment on his ongoing case.

According to Utah State Bar records, Uday has been a practicing attorney in the state since 1988. His next court date for the theft charge is scheduled to take place March 13 in Morgan’s 2nd District Court.

Jacob Scholl is the Cops and Courts Reporter for the Standard-Examiner. Email him at jscholl@standard.net and follow him on Twitter at @Jacob_Scholl.

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