Another Attorney Connected to HOA Scandal Found Dead

LAS VEGAS -- David Amesbury, the attorney who cut a deal with federal prosecutors in a far-reaching homeowner's association scandal, was found dead Sunday at his brother's home near Sacramento.

Amesbury's family confirmed his death. The coroner in Nevada County, California confirmed Amesbury died from hanging.

Amesbury pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit mail and bank fraud and agreed to assist federal investigators as they pursued others related to the HOA case.

Investigators say several people were involved in stacking HOA boards with favorable candidates, and then pushing construction defect lawsuits to attorney's and contractors involved in the conspiracy. Ten people have pleaded guilty to their role in the conspiracy, and more deals and indictments are expected.

Last week, attorney Nancy Quon was found dead in the bathtub of her Green Valley condo. Police had accused Quon of trying to commit suicide in the past. The Clark County Coroner has not ruled on her cause of death but police say they do not suspect foul play.

Late last year, Amesbury was found beaten early one morning near his home in Henderson. Police have said they do not believe the beating was a result of Amesbury pleading guilty in the HOA case.

Amesbury and Quon are the third and fourth people connected to the HOA investigation to be found dead. Former Metro Lieutenant Chris Van Cleef killed himself shortly after he was named in the investigation, and late last year, former Vistana HOA board member Robbie Castro died from an apparent suicide in Northern Nevada.


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