Still no sign of Michael Gill as arrest warrant expires; owes nearly $280M to defamed menBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
July 13. 2018 9:29AM
BRENTWOOD — A civil warrant for the arrest of New Hampshire mortgage broker Michael Gill has expired.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has been on the lookout for Gill since the warrant was issued in October after he failed to show up for a contempt hearing related to a lawsuit over the defamatory messages that he displayed on signs outside his business, The Mortgage Specialists Inc., which has offices in Manchester, Nashua and Plaistow.
According to Maj. Darin Melanson, deputies were unable to find Gill, who lives in Derry, before the warrant expired on July 11.
“I know they’ve checked. They keep trying to check and see if something has popped up,” he said Thursday.
Melanson said he didn’t know if the warrant would be renewed since Gill was never located.
The arrest warrant stated that Gill couldn’t be released until he showed proof that the messages regarding Manchester lawyer and Catholic Medical Center executive Alex Walker Jr. were removed from the Nashua and Plaistow signs.
In April, Rockingham County Superior Court Judge N. William Delker ordered Gill to pay $5 million in damages to Walker, who sued the businessman after his name and photograph were shown on one of Gill’s billboards with a defamatory message. Gill didn’t show up for a bench trial on Walker’s case, which was held in February.
Gill also faced legal action in Merrimack County, where a jury in September ordered him to pay $274.5 million to AutoFair auto dealer Andy Crews, Manchester developer Dick Anagnost and Primary Bank founder William Greiner after they sued him.
Melanson has said authorities believe Gill may be out of state. Attempts to reach Gill for comment have been unsuccessful.