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Gypsy woman changes lawyers

Christina Proctor

Margaret Venus Loeo changed lawyers last week, five days before her trial was set to begin.

Reno attorney Robert Bruce Lindsay took over the case from William Routsis. Lindsay immediately requested a continuance on the trial of at least a month.

In Lindsay’s request filed July 1, he stated he was in the process of retaining all discovery on the case from Routsis and needed more time to subpoena witnesses. Lindsay said Loeo’s testimony may be necessary to substantiate their defense and he needed time to prepare her for the courtroom.

Anna Loeo, Venus’s mother, said they decided to change lawyers at such a late date because they weren’t getting along with Routsis.

A hearing on the motions is set for 1:30 p.m. Monday in Douglas County District Court in Minden.

Loeo, 23, is accused of swindling an elderly Stateline man out of almost $250,000, with the help of her former husband and his mother. Loeo’s alleged accomplices, Steve and Doris Milo are still at large.

Loeo, an American Gypsy, is on house arrest at her mother’s home in Sacramento until the trial. Last week, Judge Michael Gibbons ordered that Loeo could not leave the house except to go to religious services or for emergency medical reasons. Loeo was before Judge Gibbons to discuss alleged kidnapping threats against her.

Anna said Friday in a phone conversation from her Sacramento home that her daughter has been spending her time listening to Christian music and praying.

“They want Venus to run so bad so they look good,” Anna said, adding that her daughter is very diligent in respecting her bail conditions.

“She contacts these people more than anything,” she said. “She’s scared stiff. She calls more than she should.”

Anna said she is also hoping to bring Steve and Doris Milo into the open.

“I have every Gypsy looking for them,” Anna said. “If I knew where they were I would give them up so easy. They want everything to fall on Venus. She’s not bright enough to do things like they are saying.”

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