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A court commissioner denied a state motion seeking to bar a Wheatland man from selling property while a criminal case against him is pending.

Andrew Wade, 38, is charged with theft, obstructing police and false swearing, alleged to have convinced a 75-year-old woman to sign over her home to him, and is alleged to have drained her bank account for his own use after she gave him power of attorney.

Prosecutors had asked the court to include in Wade’s bond conditions a ban on him selling the Wheatland home or taking loans against it, asking for the same provisions for a boat, camper and two vehicles prosecutors allege Wade purchased with the woman’s money.

The court commissioner denied the motion, saying he did not have the statutory authority to make such a provision.

An attorney representing the woman in a civil case against Wade said there is a court ruling in the civil case that protects the house from sale while the case is pending.

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