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Local Judge Indicted For Fraud

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(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.

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