Keith Monia still is trying to obtain a lawyer on three financial exploitation charges filed against him in Scott County.52-year-old Monia faces 15 felony charges in Scott and Cape Girardeau counties. In April, Scott County prosecutors charged Monia with two counts each of financial exploitation of the elderly and forgery in connection with a case in which he is accused of taking $220,000 from a Scott City couple between September 2010 and June 2011, promising to invest the money in annuities for them. Those charges triggered a state investigation into Monia's activities, which resulted in 11 new charges in late July and early August. Monia is accused of taking more than $560,000 from nine people since 2007. Monia has representation for the April charges and one of the Cape Girardeau cases, but Monia told Judge David Dolan in August that he couldn't afford an attorney for the new charges. He was found ineligible for the services of a public defender at a Sept. 25 indigency hearing.. Dolan set the case for an Oct. 24 hearing to determine whether Monia is considered indigent because he is incarcerated.
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