ROCKLAND — Cases involving Malcolm Stewart and the defunct Castle Builders contractor company in Union continue in state and federal court.

Stewart is next scheduled to appear in the Knox County court on the two criminal counts of theft by deception Sept. 30. He was indicted March 25 and pleaded not guilty May 20. He  remains free on unsecured bail.

Fifty-six victims of this alleged scheme were listed in the indictment with the amount of thefts totaling $437,906.

There was a recent development in the civil lawsuit filed against Stewart, his wife Elizabeth Stewart, and Castle Builders by the Maine Attorney General’s Office. The lawsuit accuses them of bilking more than 100 people out of more than $1 million.

On Aug. 13, the state and the Stewarts agreed that an attachment of $359,350 would be placed on their property at 16 Prescott Road in Washington. The town has the 15 acres and buildings valued at $285,171.

In the U.S. Bankruptcy Court case for the Stewarts and Castle Builders, the trustee for the case, attorney Anthony Manhart filed his final report Aug. 13 to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Bangor.

The report stated the gross amount of receipts recovered were $44,751. Administrative expenses totaled $33,543. Manhart’s request for payment for his services is $5,225. This leaves $10,359 to be disbursed to victims. Manhart’s request for payment for his services is $5,225.

Filings in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Maine by the Stewarts indicate they have claims against them totaling $1,215,877. This includes $165,234 in taxes owed to the government.

In the criminal case, Stewart was represented by attorney Kevin Sullivan of Gardiner, but that representation was to last only until the arraignment was held. The court denied Stewart’s request for a court-appointed lawyer, saying he was not determined to be indigent.

No other attorney has yet filed notice with the court that they represent Stewart.

Stewart now resides in Pelzer, South Carolina. He appeared via Zoom at his May arraignment.

The criminal offenses are alleged to have occurred from April 2018 until September 2019 in Knox, Waldo, Hancock, Kennebec, Lincoln and Somerset counties.

The other theft count alleges Stewart committed theft by deception by telling a couple he could not complete work on their project without a loan. He claimed customers were not paying him and he had a cash flow problem, but would be able to repay the loan. The indictment states Stewart knew he would not be able to repay the loan.

These charges came after the abrupt closure of Castle Builders in September 2019.