Attorney for ex-financier Al Moriarty steps down

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comFebruary 4, 2014 

Albert Stephen Moriarty, 80, of Grover Beach appeared in San Luis Obispo Superior Court in May on fraud charges.


An attorney who met Cal Poly football Hall of Famer Al Moriarty while both were incarcerated at San Luis Obispo County Jail has stepped down from Moriarty’s fraud case. As a result, the 80-year-old financier is expected to announce a new attorney at his next court date.

Moriarty, of Grover Beach, faces seven felony charges for allegedly using investor money to pay his personal bills and previous investors. Moriarty, who has been in the finance business for nearly 60 years, has pleaded not guilty.

He had been represented in the case by Scott Whitenack, whom he met while both were incarcerated at County Jail. But during a pretrial hearing on Jan. 29, Whitenack withdrew from the case.

Moriarty‘s new attorney will be appointed in a hearing on Feb. 10. Moriarty has already had two attorneys in the case. In 2013, he hired Whitenack to replace attorney Tom Allen.

Whitenack had been in jail on a drunk-in-public charge when the two met. Moriarty remains in jail on $5 million bail.

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