NEVADA – State Supreme Court justices deny tipping HOA conspirator to FBI raids

Las Vegas Review-Journal:  State Supreme Court justices deny tipping HOA conspirator to FBI raids

Bret Whipple, the defense lawyer who questioned Genato on the witness stand, did not press her for a name, and a Justice Department prosecutor later avoided the subject.

By Jeff German
March 10, 2015

The identity of the Nevada Supreme Court justice alleged to have tipped off a construction defect lawyer to the federal homeowners association investigation in 2008 remained a secret Tuesday.

This came as all seven of the justices on the high court when the late Nancy Quon was thought to have received the tip denied speaking to Quon about the high-profile investigation.

On Monday, a witness in the trial of four remaining defendants charged in the massive scheme to take over and defraud HOAs testified she was told a Supreme Court justice had alerted Quon before FBI-led raids across the valley in September 2008. Quon’s law office was one of many sites searched.

Deborah Genato, who pleaded guilty in the multi-million-dollar scheme, told a jury under cross-examination that she learned about Quon’s tip from her boss, Lisa Kim, who ran a company that managed several HOAs linked to the six-year conspiracy that began in 2003.

Bret Whipple, the defense lawyer who questioned Genato on the witness stand, did not press her for a name, and a Justice Department prosecutor later avoided the subject.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge James Mahan outside the presence of the jury refused to allow Whipple to discuss the allegation with a Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter during the trial or to release government documents on the subject that were provided to the defense. Mahan said a protective order bars both sides from making public investigative documents. Read more:

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