White-Collar Crime

Alleged Suicide Try Led to Arson Case Against Construction Lawyer Still Targeted in Fed'l HOA Probe

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Indicted last month in a felony arson and insurance fraud case, an embattled Nevada construction defects attorney plans to fight the latest charges against her on constitutional grounds, concerning the manner in which the investigation was handled, her lawyer told a state court judge during a hearing today.

Nancy Quon, 51, has denied setting the October 2010 fire in her Henderson home. The government alleges it was part of a botched suicide attempt she made under the pressure of an ongoing federal investigation into homeowner association corruption in the Las Vegas area. An earlier grand jury declined to indict either Quon or her live-in boyfriend, former Las Vegas police officer William Ronald Webb, 43, in the arson case, although he is now also facing similar charges, according to today’s Las Vegas Review-Journal and an earlier Review-Journal article.

The federal HOA probe, described as massive by the newspaper, reportedly continues. However, it is now being handled by Department of Justice prosecutors from Washington, D.C., after local federal prosecutors were accused of leaking information to Quon early this year, as another Review-Journal article details.

Brought to court in handcuffs and leg irons after she was arrested last month, Quon was released shortly after the judge that day reduced her bail from $400,000 to $50,000, the Las Vegas Tribune reported.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Vegas Lawyer Known for Cable Shows Arrested in ‘Bizarre Suicide Scheme’”

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