Four defendants charged with Leon Benzer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme to take over Las Vegas-area homeowners associations, have struck deals to plead guilty next week in federal court. Ricky Anderson, Maria Limon, and brothers Jose Luis Alvarez and Rudolfo Alvarez-Rodriguez were among 11 people, including Benzer, indicted by a federal grand jury last year in the Justice Department’s final push to charge conspirators in the massive fraud scheme.
Their deals follow a February plea agreement by co-defendant Barry Levinson, 47, a suspended attorney facing disbarment. The agreements leave Benzer, 47, a former construction company boss, and five co-defendants left to stand trial Oct. 6 on conspiracy and fraud charges in the high-profile HOA case.
On Monday, lawyers for five of the six remaining defendants signed an unusual stipulation with prosecutors agreeing to view new evidence prosecutors want to turn over to the defense under a protective order keeping the evidence secret. Read more: