Las Vegas police lieutenant indicted on elderly exploitation charge

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. James Thomas Melton faces felony counts of exploitation of an older person, theft, passing false documents and perjury. LVMPD photo.
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LAS VEGAS (KOLO) - A Las Vegas police lieutenant is among four people indicted by a Clark County grand jury on an elderly exploitation charges.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Lt. James Thomas Melton faces felony counts of exploitation of an older person, theft, passing false documents and perjury. He was booked and released on bail.

The department said Melton was put on paid administrative leave in July 2017, when he came under investigation, but said he will be put on leave without pay.

In March 2017, April Parks, a private professional guardian, Mark Simmons, Parks’ office manager, and attorney Noel Palmer Simpson, who worked for Parks, were named in a 270-count indictment charging guardianship exploitation. Melton allegedly hired Parks to get access to an elderly couple’s estate worth more than $700,000 between 2010 and 2017.

Melton has been with the police department since March 1994.