Where are you, Michael Gill? Wanted for contempt, businessman owes millions for defamationBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 22. 2018 10:26PM
DERRY — The whereabouts of New Hampshire mortgage broker Michael Gill remains a mystery — at least to members of the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, who have been unable to track down the businessman to arrest him on a civil warrant.
“We’re going to his residence in Derry and making checks there and canvassing the neighborhood just to see if anybody has seen him coming or going,” Maj. Darin Melanson said Friday.
Gill is wanted for contempt of court in Rockingham County stemming from a lawsuit filed over the defamatory messages that once flashed across signs outside The Mortgage Specialists Inc., the business he owns with locations in Manchester, Nashua and Plaistow.
Rockingham County Superior Court Judge N. William Delker recently ordered Gill to pay $5 million in damages to Manchester lawyer and Catholic Medical Center executive Alex Walker Jr., who brought a suit after his name and photograph were displayed on one of Gill’s billboards with a defamatory message.
Delker’s order followed a Merrimack County jury’s $274.5 million award in September to AutoFair auto dealer Andy Crews, Manchester developer Dick Anagnost and Primary Bank founder William Greiner. The three men had also sued Gill.
According to court documents, the civil warrant was issued on Oct. 12 for Gill’s arrest for failing to show up at a contempt hearing. The warrant, which expires on July 11, states that he can’t be released until he shows proof that the messages regarding Walker were removed from the Nashua and Plaistow signs.
Gill hasn’t been seen around Rockingham County Superior Court for months and never showed up for the bench trial held in Walker’s lawsuit in early February. Delker held the trial without him.
Melanson said authorities believe he may be out of state.
“We’re using every asset and resource available to do our due diligence to locate him, but it’s very difficult. We are doing everything possible to carry out that judge’s order. It’s part of our job,” he said.
Melanson said it’s challenging because, unlike criminal warrants, the names of people wanted on civil arrest warrants generally aren’t entered into a database like the National Crime Information Center to alert law enforcement in other states.
Information from civil arrest warrants also isn’t put into a statewide system, but Melanson said he’s “pretty confident that the sheriffs that have been dealing with him know that there are warrants for him.”
The last time Gill was arrested by Rockingham County sheriff’s deputies was in September, when he was nabbed in another civil case.
Efforts to reach Gill for comment through The Mortgage Specialists have been unsuccessful.
Melanson urged anyone with information on Gill’s whereabouts to call the sheriff’s office at 603-679-2225.