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Two Former Water Officials Indicted On 50 Counts

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LAS VEGAS (CBS) – A Clark County grand jury has indicted two former water officials in an alleged million dollar bribery case.

The 50-count indictment was returned by the grand jury today against Robert Coache and Michael Johnson.

The men face numerous charges including extortion by a public officer, asking or receiving a bribe, misconduct and money laundering. Coache, who is a retired deputy state engineer and Johnson, who is a former hydrologist for the Virgin Valley Water District, are accused of taking a $1.3 million bribe to help a Bunkerville landowner sell his water rights to the Southern Nevada Water Authority.

Both men will be arraigned on June 2. Coache is out of jail on bail and Johnson remains in custody

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