White-Collar Crime

Lawyer and Disbarred Attorney Among Latest 14 Defendants to Take Pleas in Federal HOA Fraud Case

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A lawyer and a disbarred attorney are among the latest 14 defendants to take pleas in a federal homeowner association fraud case in the Las Vegas area.

Participants in the alleged scheme are accused of taking control of HOA boards, property managers and general counsel in order to forward their own interests, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“This included designating lawyers to handle construction defect litigation at the condominium complexes, construction companies to perform construction defect repair work and emergency repair work, attorneys to advise the particular HOA board and community management companies to manage the condominium properties,” wrote the U.S .Department of Justice in court papers.

The article says other lawyers and judges have been targeted in the ongoing investigation.

Ten individuals, including one lawyer, David Amesbury, who was found dead last month, previously took pleas in the case. Because he is deceased, Amesbury will be dropped as a defendant, the newspaper notes.

Related coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Federal Construction-Defect Probe Looks at Allegedly Rigged HOA Elections at Las Vegas Condo Complex”

ABAJournal.com: “2 Lawyers Targeted in Nev. Homeowner Association Fraud Probe Are Found Dead Within a Week”

Las Vegas Review-Journal: “Deaths haven’t halted litigation in HOA-related case”

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