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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Las Vegas Scandals

The political scandals keep coming here in Las Vegas. Another case of possible corruption of a government official. County recorder Frances Deane is under investigation by the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department. Metro is alleging that Deane sold private documents related to her job to a local company, owned by Monty Miller. The alleged documents were related to bank foreclosures in the valley that allegedly gave his company a chance to buy the property before the bank foreclosed, thus giving him the chance to acquire the property at a significant savings. Ms. Deane denies any wrong doing. When asked about her relationship with Mr. Miller by local news, she responded in part by saying he was a "high ranking republican." It seemed the interview was edited for time, so in fairness I think she meant that he was a highly respected member of the business community and active in the republican party. Metro has seized thousands of documents as well as confiscated her work computer. Ms. Deane is still at work, doing everything by hand. Metro did not give a time frame on when its investigation would be complete. This is not the first time Ms. Deane has been in the news. The review journal did a story on her about some of her personal beliefs.

Another corruption case went to trial today. Operation G sting, the federal investigation of alleged corruption by several city council members completed jury selection and should have had opening arguements today. Erin Kenny, accused in the case has plead guilty and taken a deal in exchange for testimony against Mary Kincaid-Chauncy, Lance Malone and Dario Herrera. I'm sure as news leaks of the trial will be broadcast nationally. The trail came about by use of the patriot act by FBI.

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