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Whittemore Accused Of Embezzling From Ex-Partners

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former business partners of Nevada developer and lobbyist Harvey Whittemore have sued him, claiming he embezzled and misappropriated more than $40 million.

In its lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County District Court, the Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co. claims Whittemore used tens of millions of dollars to support an extravagant lifestyle, including $200,000 for his daughter’s wedding, $2.1 million in private jet flights and an unauthorized salary topping $900,000.

The holding group is now controlled by brothers Thomas and Albert Seeno, who partnered with Whittemore in his master-planned communities, including Coyote Springs in southern Nevada and Wingfield Springs in northern Nevada.

The suit also names Whittemore’s wife, Annette, as a defendant.

The Whittemores said the allegations are false and they’ll take “all steps necessary to preserve” their reputation.

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