I-Team: Operation G-Sting - Where are the players now?

LAS VEGAS - Operation G-Sting is one of the biggest political scandals in the history of Clark County.

This week marks 10 years since bagman Lance Malone was sentenced. Now all the key players are out of prison and the I-Team has tracked down where they are today.

Operation G-Sting exposed pay-to-play politics in Clark County.

There were three county commissioners taking cash bribes for votes, a fourth commissioner was the middle man, and the mastermind -- a strip club kingpin.

They were all convicted and sent to prison.

"I remember when I heard the words guilty and my mom turning to me with tears in her eyes," said former Clark County Commissioner Dario Herrera.


At the time, he was a 30-year-old political rising star.

"I accomplished great things and then I did some terrible things and failed miserably and spectacularly and over and over and over again," he said.

Then a married man,

"I was unfaithful."

Herrera received sex, lap dances and cash for political favors.

"I was very arrogant. I thought that I was above the law."

Herrera spent 30 months in prison.

"I've been in a spot where I had hopelessness, where I had despair, where I questioned whether I could be forgiven or even forgive myself," he said.

It's why, in addition to running a marketing company, he says, he volunteers at Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow in Las Vegas which helps convicted felons get back on their feet and find jobs.

But there have still been bumps in the road.

In 2012, he faced domestic battery charges which he describes as his biggest mistake yet. He is now twice divorced and explains one of his most important roles now is being a dad.

"I wanted to repair the relationship with my kids, Herrera said. "I wanted to make amends with those who I've hurt, including the community, and here I am you know eight years later finally being able to stand up in front of people and admit the things I did."

More than a decade later.

It's hard because you know, I knew I was innocent, said former Clark County Commissioner Mary Kincaid-Chauncey.

She insists she was wrongfully convicted, despite proof she accepted money, and evidence like wiretaps.

Reporter Vanessa Murphy: "So, no conversations with Galardi or Lance Malone about money?"

Mary Kincaid-Chauncey:  "mmmm,  I've never seen them or anything."

The now 78-year-old great-grandmother of 25 tells the I-Team she wants a pardon.

"I don't think I ever will, but that would be nice to do that because, I don't know, there's a stigma to it."

After two years spent in prison, she says she returned to working with her downtown Las Vegas church.

"I remember them saying that I would never be able to hold my head up in this town again and they didn't accomplish that," Kincaid-Chauncey said.

The I-Team tried to track down the other key players.

Former Commissioner Erin Kenny who was known as the soccer mom with a dishonest cut-throat behind--the-scenes approach served 26 months.

Court documents reveal as of 2015 she hadn't paid a $130,000 fine but worked out an agreement with federal court.

She still has a listed Las Vegas address and when contacted by the I-Team said she didn't want to be interviewed.

Former Commissioner Lance Malone, the middle man, used to run a pizza shop. It's now closed. He also has a listed Las Vegas address, but was unreachable.

And the guy running the show --  Mike Galardi now lives in both San Diego and Las Vegas. He no longer owns any local strip clubs. He agreed to a phone interview with the I-Team but changed his mind.

A friend says he wants to keep the past in the past.

But Herrera and Kincaid-Chauncey, now two convicted felons with very different takes on the G-Sting scandal tell the I-Team their story has allowed them to help others.

Kincaid-Chauncey through her faith and Herrera through motivational speaking.

"I just said you know God put you where he wants you to be and this is where he wants me to be," Kincaid-Chauncey said.

"The ability to stand up after you've fallen down, I think is a message that is good for all of us to hear," Herrera said.

 

 


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