Fed Investigations Hover Over Development Suits

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Allegations of corruption, embezzlement
and death threats and criminal associations are flying in dueling
lawsuits between high-profile former partners in a stalled Nevada
land development.

But those back-and-forth charges may be just the sideshow, as
federal authorities have launched unrelated investigations into
business practices connected to both parties.

One inquiry into the political contributions of once-powerful
Nevada lobbyist, lawyer and developer Harvey Whittemore prompted
Nevada's U.S. senators to shed thousands of dollars in campaign
contributions to charity.

Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that relied on anonymous
sources say the issue centers on whether employees of Whittemore's
former company and its subsidiaries contributed to political
campaigns and then were illegally reimbursed with company money.

On the other side are California homebuilders and casino
part-owners Tom Seeno and his brother, Albert Seeno Jr.

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