OGDEN — An Eden-area man faces 5 felony counts in connection along with his alleged try to create a false will within the identify of his late spouse in an obvious bid to safe management of her belongings.
Jody Rhorer, 43, is being held with out bail on the Weber County jail stemming from the costs referring to the belongings and can of Deone Ehlers-Rhorer, his spouse, who died Aug. 26. Ehlers-Rhorer, 54 when she died, was a longtime actual property agent in Weber County and the proprietor of Girl Bug Realty in Ogden.
The Weber County Attorney’s Office filed the costs on Monday, and Sean Brian, a deputy legal professional, described Rhorer’s alleged efforts to safe management of a number of properties belonging to his spouse and to create the false will in a possible trigger assertion. Rhorer faces one depend of committing a pc crime, a second-degree felony; two counts of fraudulent dealing with of a public doc, third-degree felonies; and two counts of registering a false doc, additionally third-degree felonies.
“By the pc fraud, forgery and the submitting of a false will, Jody tried to switch property and belongings to himself whereas deceiving and depriving victims of these belongings,” Brian wrote within the possible trigger assertion. Rhorer is charged in 2nd District Court docket in Ogden.
Rhorer’s lawyer, Jonathan Porter of Ogden, issued a press release Wednesday saying his consumer “vehemently denies the accusations.” Rhorer, the assertion went on, “was a trustworthy and dedicated partner to Ms. Ehlers-Rhorer.”
In line with the possible trigger assertion, Ehlers-Rhorer’s will names considered one of her 4 sons from her first marriage as executor of her property and her solely private consultant. Rhorer, her second husband, in accordance with an obituary published in the Standard-Examiner, unsuccessfully contested the designation in 2nd District Court docket. Then he filed a brand new will on Dec. 16 in Ehlers-Rhoerer’s identify giving him sole rights to his late spouse’s property and belongings, in accordance with the possible trigger assertion.
Nevertheless, “it was found Deone’s signatures had been solid, in addition to the notary public signature and stamp used to cross the doc as genuine,” Brian goes on in his assertion. “I used to be capable of finding a earlier doc with the unique signatures which was used to generate signatures for the counterfeit will.”
Along with that, Rhorer allegedly named himself the principal agent of 4 Boys Investments by means of the Utah Division of Commerce utilizing login and password data belonging to his spouse. On-line Utah enterprise data present that Ehlers-Rhorer is definitely the registered agent for 4 Boys.
“Jody was not registered with the enterprise previous to Deone’s demise, and he signed the doc through an digital signature claiming to be Deone herself. By doing so, he then transferred possession of a number of properties into his personal identify on 12/3/2020,” Brian wrote.
Brian requested that Rhorer be held with out bail, saying he poses a “substantial hazard” to others and represents a flight danger.
Witnesses within the case reported that Rhorer “had been driving by their residences ceaselessly previous to his arrest,” in accordance with a movement for pretrial detention filed by Brian. Furthermore, Rhorer owns a development enterprise and lives in a house price greater than $1 million, however the person’s contentions on being booked into jail that he has no earnings.
District Court docket Decide Joseph Bean agreed to Brian’s request, ordering Rhorer to be held with out bail. A bail listening to is scheduled for Jan. 5.
Porter, Rhorer’s lawyer, emphasised the principal that these charged are harmless till confirmed responsible. “Mr. Rhorer is assured that, over time, the proof will show that the costs lodged in opposition to him are meritless,” Porter mentioned.
Ehlers-Rhorer’s obituary known as Rhorer “her cowboy” and mentioned once they married, they turned a “home flipping duo.” Ehlers-Rhorer filed to run as a Republican for the District 8 seat within the Utah Home in 2018, however subsequently withdrew her bid as a consequence of a respiratory an infection.