Tentative Trial Date Set in Polson House Theft Case

By Beacon Staff

POLSON – A tentative July 12 trial date has been set for a 53-year-old drifter accused of trying to steal foreclosed homes in Polson, and prosecutors say additional charges are expected.

Brent Arthur Wilson is charged with theft, deceptive practices and tampering with public records or information — all felonies — in the filing of bizarre paperwork aimed at claiming ownership of homes. He was arrested in January after a real estate agent noticed the “For Sale” signs were removed and the locks changed on a $300,000 log home he was hired to sell.

District Judge Kim Christopher continued Thursday’s omnibus hearing until June 10 so prosecutors can prepare additional charges against Wilson. Jessica Cole-Hodgkinson says she will probably charge Wilson in connection with at least two house thefts besides the charges stemming from the log home.

Wilson is accused of collecting rent on one house, living in another and trying to take control of the log home. Lake County officials say paperwork for some of the homes stated that Wilson purchased the property from God.