At the beginning, dozens of suspects were named and most of them pleaded guilty. After years of gathering evidence and putting a case together, the trial of several of those involved in the criminal enterprise is being heard in the Las Vegas federal courtroom of Judge James Mahan.
After years of gathering evidence and putting a case together, the trial of several of those involved in the criminal enterprise ended when a jury found four defendants guilty this past Tuesday.
At the beginning of the aborted scandal, rumors were that some judges and high-ranking elected officials could be involved in the scam, but only attorneys and high-ranking police officers were charged; no judges, justices of high rank, or public officials were named at all.
The man who once told the Las Vegas Tribune that he has all judges in Clark County in his pocket, “especially the Black judges,” could be right after all.
Leon Benzer, the man behind the Home Owners Association scandal, bragged about his connection with judges and Mob associates to the Las Vegas Tribune while visiting the newspaper offices on East Sahara Avenue, yet so far he has only been charged with the crime and not brought to trial. Federal agents have pointed to Leon Benzer as the mastermind of the operation, but nothing seems to touch Benzer, who is now allegedly a taxi driver, sources tell the newspaper.
Four of the people involved in the scheme were found dead on different days, in different places and cities, but authorities and the coroner’s office reported them all as having “committed suicide.”