NEVADA – Key player in HOA scheme gets 30 months in federal prison

Review Journal:  Key player in HOA scheme gets 30 months in federal prison
By Jeff German
Las Vegas Review-Journal
July 20, 2015

Charles McChesney, a key player in the scheme to take over and defraud Las Vegas Valley homeowners associations, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan also ordered McChesney to pay a share of $100,000 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after prison.

McChesney apologized to Mahan and said he regretted his participation in the massive takeover conspiracy.

“It”s something that grew over time, and as it grew I grew with it,” McChesney said.

Mahan told McChesney his background as a private investigator and bail bondsman made him a “dangerous member of the conspiracy.”

He gave McChesney until Oct. 23 to surrender to federal prison authorities.

McChesney pleaded guilty in January to conspiracy and three wire fraud counts, all felonies, and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors. He is among the last of more than 40 defendants being sentenced in the long-running investigation, which became public in September 2008 with FBI-led raids across the Las Vegas Valley.

Former construction company boss Leon Benzer, the man behind the massive takeover scheme, is to be sentenced before Mahan on Aug. 6.

Benzer, 47, who pleaded guilty without a cooperation agreement, provided a lengthy explanation in his plea deal of his leadership in the multimillion-dollar takeover scheme between 2003 and 2009.

The sweeping HOA investigation, spearheaded by the Justice Department‘€™s Fraud Section in Washington, is thought to be the largest public corruption case federal authorities have brought in Southern Nevada.  Read more:

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