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Recorder's Documents Confiscated from Home and Office
3/8/2006 Source of Title - reprinted with permission
Detectives from the Las Vegas Police Department searched both the home
and office of Clark County's Recorder Frances Deane on
March 7, 2006. The searches followed allegations of misconduct and
fraudulent appropriations by the county officer. Officers were seen leaving
both properties with boxes that allegedly contained seized documents.
Although the documents would have all been accessible as part of the public record, certain documents can be of greater interest as some business may benefit from learning when others file certain documents, such as default notices.
"If you can get to the person in default before anyone else can, it can give you a distinct advantage to make money on the default by offering an out to the person," said Gil Eisner, who plans on running against Deane in the upcoming November election. "If someone could get advance information, it might prevent the issue from going into the public domain or to the stage of a public auction."
Deane agreed to relinquish her position until the investigation has been completed, according to a statement from Thom Reilly, the Clark County Manager. Her office will be overseen in the interim by Charles Harvey, the assistant recorder.
The investigation into Deane's actions has been underway for approximately four months, added Mike McClary, the deputy chief of the Las Vegas police department. Deane has held the position since she was elected in November 2002.
According to various published reports, Deane was found guilty of ethics
violations in March 2004 when the Nevada Ethics Commission's panel found
merit to seven ethics allegations lodged against her. At that time, she
agreed to terms of a deal and acknowledged one willful violation, paying a
$5,000 penalty. The violation related to charges that she developed a plan
to start an Internet company that would sell documents that could be
obtained free from her office.
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