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Trial again continued for Capitol View developer

The federal fraud trial of David Dodd, the developer of the defunct Capitol View Commerce Center on Cameron and Herr streets in Harrisburg, has been delayed a fourth time.

Dodd is now scheduled to face trial Sept. 6, said Heidi Havens, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The trial had been slated to start Tuesday.

Federal authorities in June 2010 filed an 11-count indictment against Dodd, including six counts of theft of federal funds, money laundering and fraud.

The first indictment alleges Dodd used a company he established for the project, Industrial Design and Construction, to steal more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dodd also is accused of stealing money from other public entities and nonprofit organizations, according to authorities.

Dodd pleaded not guilty to all counts in July 2010.

In early January, the U.S. Attorney’s Office indicted Dodd on a second round of charges, which included bankruptcy and wire fraud. The indictment also claims Dodd engaged in financial transactions with proceeds from illegal activity that involved the sale of two commercial printing presses he used as collateral to help get a $1.1 million real estate loan from PNC Bank in 2002.

A joint motion to continue on behalf of the government and Dodd’s attorney was approved by the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, Havens said.

Both sides want more time to determine how the charges in the second indictment impact pending settlement offers in the case, according to court records. Since those charges were filed in January, both parties have been discussing settlement, records show.

The $28 million Capitol View project was supposed to be a 215,000-square-foot printing, office and retail facility aimed at transforming the brownfield and creating jobs. Dodd was promised more than $17 million in local, state and federal money to build the facility. He spent more than $8 million in public money before the project soured, according to financial records.

Contractors walked off the site mid-build in spring 2008 because Dodd wasn’t paying them. The half-built structure remains idle.

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