A Boise man once ordered by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden to cease offering legal advice because he wasn’t a lawyer was arrested Sunday amid allegations of elder abuse.
Mark Stephen Wicklund, 61, was charged with felony abuse, exploitation or neglect of a vulnerable person.
Wicklund was arraigned Monday and accused of violently shaking and slapping an elderly woman who is related to Wicklund. He was taken to the Ada County Jail, where he remained Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $100,000 bond.
The defendant is scheduled to return to court March 30 for a preliminary hearing before 4th District Magistrate Daniel Steckel.
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Wicklund, a registered sex offender, served as CEO of the defunct White Hat company and is listed as president of Rely-On-Us Inc., according to corporation records from the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.
In 2013, Wicklund agreed to pay up to $8,000 in restitution to White Hat clients and to cover the costs of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office.
The AG’s office filed suit against Whtie Hat that year after clients complained that Wicklund said he was qualified to give legal advice but didn’t deliver what he promised.
White Hat advertised a “wide range of legal services” from a “team of experienced professionals with years of experience in the legal field.” Available services included notary and process serving, answering civil complaints and help with family law, unemployment issues and wills, according to advertisements placed by the firm.
Rely-On-Us, which was incorporated in May 2011, is still listed as a business in good standing with the state, according to the Secretary of State’s records. In the last annual report filed by Wicklund in July 2014, he lists himself by the letters “JD” after his name, the juris doctor title earned by an attorney. The Idaho State Bar has no record of Wicklund as a registered attorney, according to an online directory maintained by the bar.
Wicklund was convicted of sexual battery of a 16- or 17-year-old in 2001 for an incident that took place two years earlier. He was not sent to prison but served probation until 2011, according to the Idaho Department of Correciton.