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Defendant admitted to hospital before wire fraud trial starts
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Before he was set to appear in U.S. District Court, a Cleveland man accused of wire fraud was admitted to the hospital.

Elmer Swain Stewart, 65, was set to appear for trial Tuesday at the Gainesville courthouse before U.S. District Judge Richard W. Story.

According to the FBI, Stewart is accused of taking more than $200,000 of investment money for real estate and timber rights deals that did not exist.

Stewart’s counsel, Stephen Johnson and Natasha Perdew Silas, announced that Stewart “was admitted to the hospital in the early morning hours (Monday) and was not available for trial.”

Silas has previously told The Times that her client maintains his innocence of all these accusations.

Story signed an order to continue the case.

Stewart was indicted in January 2015 and was charged with accepting $225,000 for deals involving timber rights and real estate deals in Clarke and Stephens counties.

The indictment alleges this occurred between January 2006 and January 2012.

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