Oxford's Grisanti to plead guilty, but to what?

OXFORD – Businessman Dino Jerry Grisanti will plead guilty to a one-count federal charge Oct. 21, court documents show today.

But what he’s charged with is not public.

Grisanti apparently has been under investigation about wrongdoing, and to avoid being charged under an indictment, will enter a guilty plea to what is termed an “information.”

An information is a federal charge that doesn’t go through a grand jury.

His hearing is set before Chief U.S. District Judge Michael P. Mills. Tony Farese of Ashland is his attorney.

Grisanti has owned several automobile dealerships in the region, including Grisanti Rebel Motors in Oxford and Grisanti Ford of Baldwyn.

Business records also show his involvement as an incorporator of Oxford University Bank, and with Eagle Property Management and C&G Properties.

Grisanti’s name came up in late 2009 as part of C&G with FBI agent Hal Neilson of Oxford and John N. Covington II of Oxford.

Neilson is awaiting trial on federal charges that he lied to the FBI about his financial interest in the building, which houses the FBI in Oxford. He insists he is innocent.

Today, it’s unclear whether the charge against Grisanti is related to the Neilson case.

Farese declined to say what it’s about, but noted details would become public at his client’s hearing.

• Read Thursday’s Daily Journal for more details.

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