Payday loan mogul can’t pay for his own defense attorneys

Scott Tucker, a Leawood businessman accused of running a $2 billion payday loan operation that preyed on 4.5 million consumers, is now unable to pay for attorneys in a federal criminal case against him.

A federal regulator last year asked a judge to freeze Tucker’s assets. In the weeks and months that followed, recently unsealed documents show that Tucker wired millions of dollars to attorneys, bought a new Ferrari and spent thousands on private jets.

A judge earlier this year then agreed to freeze Tucker’s bank accounts and other assets, leaving him unable to pay for a criminal defense team.

Tucker no longer has the services of three high-profile criminal defense attorneys. Paul Shechtman, Paula Junghans and Paul Hynes all withdrew from Tucker’s case within the last week. He will now work with court-appointed attorneys.

Read more: Kansas City Star

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