NEVADA – Mastermind behind Las Vegas HOA defraud scheme sentenced

CCFJ.NET:  Mastermind behind Las Vegas HOA defraud scheme sentenced

Article Courtesy of Channel 8 — Las Vegas Now

By George Knapp and Matt Adams

Published August 19, 2018

LAS VEGAS – The largest political corruption case in southern Nevada came to an end Friday with the re-sentencing of the ringleader. The scheme focused of seizing control of local homeowner associations and involved dozens of co-conspirators including lawyers, retired police officers, and others.

Former construction company owner Leon Benzer will serve 12 more years in federal prison for crimes that were first reported by the I-Team.

Las Vegas has seen a lot of political corruption cases, but never something this big.

Forty defendants were sentenced. Most of them pleaded guilty, Leon Benzer, the ringleader, was the last to be sentenced, and in the front row of the courtroom Friday were the two investigators who started the ball rolling — a Metro detective and a former FBI agent. They wanted to be there for the end.   Read more:

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