(Las Vegas, NV) — A Family court judge indicted in a $3 million investment fraud scheme is expected to surrender to authorities later today. Judge Steven Jones is now on a leave of absence, after a federal grand jury indicted him and five others on multiple counts.
Prosecutors allege the 54-year-old Jones and the other defendants persuaded people to loan them money, with the promise of a fast repayment with interest, but did not pay the victims back.
Jones’ lawyer says he’s innocent. A trial is set for January.
Judge Jones has had a history of legal problems even before yesterday’s indictment for investment fraud. He was acquitted for domestic battery in 2006, after his then-girlfriend recanted earlier testimony.
Last year, the DA’s office filed a complaint after learning Jones was having a relationship with a prosecutor who regularly appeared in his court.
The state Judicial Discipline Commission is expected to suspend Jones without pay.