November 28, 2014
A Sparks hotel-casino's former lawyer has received a
ten-year prison sentence for embezzling three-point-one (m) million
dollars from the resort.
Richard Davenport will be eligible for parole under the sentence
imposed yesterday by Washoe County Senior Judge Peter Breen.
He pleaded guilty in April to two counts of embezzling money
from John Ascuaga's Nugget over a 12-year period beginning in 1992.
Before sentencing, he apologized to the Ascuaga family and to
his two daughters and brother.
Davenport was a teenager when his father, Richard Davenport
Senior, a bank president in Nebraska, was caught embezzling funds
and sent to prison for six years.
Defense lawyer Cal Dunlap says the similarities between the two
cases were "remarkable" and may have been a factor in his
client's gambling addiction.
Davenport has agreed to a settlement to repay the funds and has
returned two-point-one (m) million dollars so far, selling most of
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