Posted Jan 16, 2013 08:29 pm CST
Two Las Vegas lawyers were among 11 defendants federally indicted Tuesday in an alleged massive scheme to take over area homeowner associations.
Keith Gregory and Barry Levinson and the other nine defendants were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Some defendants face additional charges, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
The two lawyers served as general counsel for homeowner associations at issue in the case. The newspaper article doesn’t include any comment from the two or their legal counsel.
A federal investigation has been ongoing for five years concerning alleged HOA board vote fraud (in order to put desired individuals at the helm) and bid-rigging, kickbacks and fat contracts allegedly arranged to benefit favored companies and service providers such as attorneys. A total of 28 defendants have previously pleaded guilty.
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