White-Collar Crime

Another lawyer is indicted in alleged scheme to file false certificates of completion with court

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A Nevada lawyer was indicted Thursday on 138 felony and misdemeanor counts, accused of providing phony certificates of completion for clients to Las Vegas Justice Court between 2008 and 2010.

A bench warrant was issued for Vicki Greco’s arrest and bond was set at $50,000 in the Clark County case, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Others, including attorney Brian Bloomfield, have previously taken pleas or been convicted in cases involving false notifications to the court that clients had completed court-ordered counseling and community service. So a lawyer for Greco questioned why she is only now being charged.

“From what I know the people who testified against her are people who made plea agreements with the government and are trying to avoid prison time themselves,” Greco’s counsel, Gary Modafferi, told the newspaper.

Modafferi also said it is too late for her to be charged, because the statute of limitations has run.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “2nd lawyer investigated in probe of forged certificates of completion for court-ordered counseling”

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