HENDERSON, Nev. -- Inside a gated Henderson community early Wednesday morning, someone found attorney David Amesbury severely beaten on Dogwood Ranch Avenue near Eastern Avenue and Sunridge Heights Parkway.
The FBI says the beating was not related to a federal probe into homeowners associations. Ten defendants have pleaded guilty in that investigation, including Amesbury.
Amesbury admitted participating in an HOA takeover scheme to rig board elections at Chateau Nouveau and Pebble Creek. Authorities say the rigged boards would steer legal and construction repair work to favored businesses and attorneys. Amesbury admitted he was paid $3,000 by two people to rig the elections.
The I-Team first reported the investigation when raids started in 2008.
Amesbury's plea deal requires him to cooperate with the feds and provide them access to higher level players. Amesbury entered his plea last month, admitting to charges of conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.
He was one of ten people to strike a deal, and his sentencing is scheduled in January. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.
There are expected to be at least a dozen more indictments announced in the coming months.
Henderson police say Amesbury is recovering from non-life threatening injuries. Lawyers for other defendants in the case were contacted by the FBI after the beating and asked to report anything suspicious.
The FBI says if it turns out Amesbury was targeted because he is a federal witness, they will aggressively seek to charge the perpetrators to the maximum extent of federal law.
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