CANTON: A Stark County financial adviser told a judge Wednesday that he wants to represent himself on allegations he bilked clients of $1.7 million.

Kimm C. Hannan, 67, of Jackson Township, faces 53 counts of prohibited securities, including several first, second and third-degree felonies.

Hannan also faces single counts of aggravated theft and theft of a person in protected class.

Stark County Common Pleas Judge Chryssa Hartnett scheduled a hearing for 9:30 a.m. Friday to discuss Hannan’s request to represent himself.

At Wednesday’s hearing, Hartnett chastised Hannan for writing what she considered to be threatening letters from jail to investigators involved in the case.

Hannan operated a financial advisory business in Stark County, according to the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office. The case involves nine victims, including some married couples, said Joe Vance, an assistant county prosecutor.

According to a 55-count indictment filed in March, some are elderly residents from Jackson Township, Massillon and Wellington. This month, Hartnett lowered Hannan’s bond from $1 million (cash or surety) to $500,000.

Hannan is accused of defrauding clients between 2014 and 2017.