A newly unsealed document in the complex case involving Reno business owner Warren Trepp says a Reno F-B-I agent may have become an "unwitting pawn" in a civil fight between a software developer and Trepp when he sought a search warrant to raid the software developer's Reno home and storage facilities.
A federal magistrate also wrote that Special Agent Mike West left out key information and relied blindly on one-sided information when he carried out the search warrant on Dennis Montgomery's home in March of 2006.
Montgomery and Trepp -- his one-time business partner -- are in a legal battle over ownership of software that is used in the war on terror. In the civil lawsuit, Montgomery has accused Governor Gibbons of using his influence while serving as a congressman to steer millions of dollars in military contracts to Trepp, a longtime Gibbons friend.
The November 28th order by Magistrate Valerie Cook was made public yesterday.