Mann makes first appearance in Anchorage federal court Thursday

Sep 23, 2016

Floyd Jay Mann, Jr, 54, accused of scamming millions from 15+ victims, mostly in Alaska. He faces 19 federal charges, and entered not guilty pleas to all Thursday in Anchorage.

KDLG: A Puyallup, Washington man made his first appearance in the U.S. District Court in Anchorage Thursday to face charges he scammed millions of dollars out of 15 victims or more, most in Alaska. 

Floyd Jay Mann, Jr., 54, has been charged with 11 counts of wire fraud and eight counts of money laundering. He’s accused of perpetrating a scheme that convinced investors he was a successful plaintiff in two lawsuits against a pharmaceutical company and stood to collect more than a hundred million dollars. The victims' payments, made over some four years, were supposedly paying for Mann's ongoing medical costs and legal fees. The feds say there were no lawsuits, and the money sent to Mann was gambled away at an area casino in Washington State.

The federal prosecutor assigned to the case, Aunnie Steward, said Mann paid his own way to and from Alaska for the hearing. He remains out of custody but is subject to ankle monitoring. Steward said Mann was hardly recognizable in a suit, tie, and glasses.

Federal public defense attorney Jaime McGrady of Anchorage was assigned to Mann's case. Not guilty pleas were entered on all counts.

According to Steward, Mann told federal investigators during a recent interview that narcotics were to blame for his actions. She did not elaborate what narcotics were involved or if he was admitting to the alleged scam. Mann was convicted in a 2002 case that he forged a prescription for Tylox, a form of Oxycodone.

A trial date has been set for November 14, though that could be pushed back.

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