Tacker says poor counsel caused his conviction

By PATSY R. BRUMFIELD/Daily Journal

ABERDEEN – Former Okolona entrepreneur Tommy Tacker asks the U.S. District Court to throw out his 2010 fraud conviction surrounding his biofuels plant’s finances.
Tacker, 59, is serving a 60-month sentence in a Montgomery, Ala., federal facility.
He insists he is not guilty of the charges and blames his trial lawyers – Chip Davis and Rhett Wise of Tupelo – for serious errors and omissions amounting to ineffective counsel.
Davis and Wise said Tuesday they are “disappointed” with the motion, “especially since it is based upon patently false allegations.”
Tacker filed his motion to vacate, set aside of correct his sentence Monday. Senior District Judge Glen H. Davidson presides over the civil action. Davidson also was Tacker’s trial judge.
Tacker was found guilty on 10 charges surrounding federal loans to finance construction and operations at BioDiesel of Mississippi Inc. in Nettleton, which reportedly aimed to make fuel from soybean oil.
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