The state Justice Department seeks to drop securities fraud charges against two Northwoods businessmen. Attorney General Brad Schimel’s office filed a motion late Friday in Vilas County Circuit Court, saying it could not prove the charges it filed 14 months ago against brothers Brian and David Eliason. The Justice Department said the two failed to disclose difficulties in a fund which sold investments in home and business properties — and prosecutors said 30 investors lost around three-million dollars, which an attorney blamed on two larger firms going out of business during the Great Recession. The Justice Department did not comment beyond its intent to drop the case, while David Eliason’s attorney — Stephen Kravit — wrote an email to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that read, “The state used its awesome power to ruin the lives of these men and their families.” A judge must still approve the dismissal request, and new charges cannot be filed since the case is beyond its statute of limitations.