November 23, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A Clark County family court judge and five other people have been accused of a $3 million, decade-long investment fraud scheme.
An indictment unsealed Wednesday includes conspiracy, wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering charges.
It claims elected Judge Steven E. Jones used his position to give the alleged scheme legitimacy, and conducted business for it from the courthouse.
Prosecutors say defendants convinced people to loan them money by telling them one defendant had a special position with the federal government and could get them high returns. But defendants allegedly spent the money for personal and gambling expenses and never paid it back.
Other defendants are Thomas Cecrle, Jr. and Terry Wolfe of Henderson; Constance Fenton of Washington, Mark L. Hansen of Oregon, and Ashlee M. Martin of Las Vegas.