Natrona County Attorney Bill Knight said he has hired a firm to seize some financial assets of Ed Corrigan, who was convicted of multiple health and safety property code violations last year.
The county hired local attorney Keith Garlick, who has filed the paperwork with up to nine banks asking them to hold money in Corrigan’s accounts, Knight said.
He did not know how much Garlick would be able to locate and seize, or whether it would be enough to satisfy the $195,000 court-ordered fine against Corrigan, Knight said.
Garlick did not return a phone call requesting comment.
The request for garnishment marked the latest round in the county’s efforts to persuade Corrigan to bring into compliance his properties east of Casper at 3475 and
3485 Sunburst Drive.
Corrigan shares the beliefs of the sovereign citizens movement that asserts the government has no authority to regulate the use of private property.
After repeated efforts to get Corrigan to clean his land, the county took him to court.
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Corrigan was found guilty of code violations in
a bench trial in March 2010, and former Natrona
County District Judge Scott Skavdahl in May ordered him to comply with the codes and levied a
$143,840 fine. In October, after Corrigan had taken no steps to clean up the property or pay the fine, the judge found him in contempt, tacked on an additional
$52,120 fine, gave him until Nov. 1 to comply, and allowed the county to enter his property to clean it up for him.
Corrigan didn’t meet the deadline and instead filed an unsuccessful appeal to the Wyoming Supreme Court.
Meanwhile, the county hired a local contractor to clean the property, but that effort fell apart after the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality ordered an asbestos evaluation and remediation.
Corrigan did not return a call requesting comment.