Another year, another anniversary.
Exactly two years ago, Battle Creek "hot spot", the On Deck Sports Bar and Grill, burned in a suspicious fire that is still under investigation by the Battle Creek Police Department, the ATF and likely various insurance adjusters and a motley crew of lawyers.
Michigan native Robert "the crooked chiropractor" Buckhannon and Kelly Demoss opened the bar in April 2013, but abruptly closed the 225 W. Michigan Avenue location after a dispute with partner Stephen Anderson.
The bar reopened in November 2013.
Buckhannon was arrested by FBI agents on September 30, 2014 in Henderson, Nevada, and is under federal indictment for conspiracy and fraud charges relating to a $34 million dollar hedge fund fraud. After several delays, Buckhannon's trial is now scheduled to begin on October 17, 2016.
Buckhannon never paid a penny of a $1.5 million dollar SEC fine, a fact Assistant U. S. Attorney Kathryn Newman stated in court while arguing for Buckhannon's detention. Newman also said hundreds of investors lost money in the scheme and stated "$13.1 million dollars was still missing".
On July 13, 2015, a Nevada U. S. District Court judge signed an order modifying Buckhannon's pretrial release, allowing him to travel to "jurisdictions outside of Clark County, Nevada", including the continental U. S. and Hawaii.
Buckhannon's attorneys claimed in a court filing that as Executive Vice President of New Business Development for Nevada-based Clinical Testing Corp LLC, he's required to "travel to manage" the company's education and sales training for a "national network of Account Executives". (In addition, Buckhannon is busy with another mysterious business effort, a Delaware corporation named Phoenician Medical LLC he recently registered as a Florida Foreign Limited Liability Corporation.)
Just days ago, on December 18, U. S. Magistrate Judge George Foley, Jr. signed an order allowing Buckhannon to remove his electronic monitoring device. In his December 9 motion, Buckhannon's attorney, Michael V. Cristalli, Esq., of the politcally-connected Las Vegas law firm Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni Savarese ("Miller" is Ross Miller, Nevada's former Secretary of State), asserted Buckhannon had been compliant with pretrial services and claimed that Buckhannon's "ability to travel to jurisdictions freely without restriction is imperative to his employment".
Quite a change from Buckhannon's former attorney, Dustin Marcello, who initially claimed shortly after the arrest that his client had just "$300 in the bank", leaving him "broke, with an expired passport" and therefore lacking enough money to flee the county. Buckhannon replaced Marcello with Cristalli on June 22, 2015.
So, does he have enough money to leave the country now?
And will he flee, like that "affluenza" punk, to Puerto Vallarta?
Does anyone believe that his piddle testing company is a real business, or just a front?