Defendants strike deals, plead guilty in HOA case

LAS VEGAS -- Three defendants in a massive homeowners associations corruption case pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court after striking plea deals.

Maria Limon, Jose Luis Alvarez, Rudolfo Alvarez-Rodriguez agreed to accept plea deals Thursday in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of wire fraud. They also agreed to help the federal government in its case. Their sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 2015 and they will remain free until that time. A fourth defendant, Ricky Anderson is expected to change his plea Friday. 

They were among dozens of people, including Leon Benzer, a former construction boss, who were charged in the fraud scheme. The defendants were indicted after a federal probe of southern Nevada homeowner associations allegedly showed they steered business to favored attorneys and businesses. The number of plea deals, including these latest three, brings the total to 35. Four people charged in the case have committed suicide including lawyers Nancy Quon and David Amesbury.

Limon was an employee at property management company that did work for the corrupt HOA boards. Alvarex and Alvarez-Rodriguez were HOA board members of a condominium community. Both admitted helping rig board elections in exchange for bribes.

Five other co-defendants and Benzer, who allegedly masterminded the scheme, are scheduled to stand trial in October.

The three defendants face $1 million in fines and 30 years in prison.




  

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