Customers had complained to Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden that the White Hat Group didn't perform services for which consumers had paid. Additionally, Wasden alleged in October 2013 that owner Mark Wicklund falsely represented that he was qualified to represent consumers in legal matters when he was not. Wicklund agreed to pay $8,000 in restitution and was ordered to abstain from engaging in any kind of legal service in Idaho.
The AG's office said Wicklund continued to do business within months of that agreement, prompting Wasden to file a new motion alleging contempt of court. Today, Fourth District Judge Jason Scott found the 61-year-old Wicklund to be in contempt on seven counts, including providing legal services to clients after being prohibited from doing so.
Scott ordered Wicklund to 21 days in jail.
“My office takes enforcement of settlement agreements seriously,” said Wasden. “While it’s not often necessary to take these steps, this makes it clear that we intend to pursue contempt actions to enforce these agreements.”