Monday, December 24, 2012

Vegas Juries Convict Ex-Process Server Of 35 Felonies In "Sewer Service" Racket; Bogus Docs Filed In Debt Collector Lawsuits

In Las Vegas, Nevada, the Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

  • A jury convicted former process server Maurice Carroll [] of 17 forgery counts in a scheme to file false affidavits in Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas justice courts. The 12-member panel deliberated for three hours after a week of testimony and arguments.

    Carroll, 43, a former Las Vegas police officer, was previously convicted of 17 counts of filing false court documents and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses in the 2010 scheme.

    At the request of prosecutors, District Judge Elissa Cadish ordered Carroll remanded into custody while he awaits his Jan. 16 sentencing on all 35 felony charges. "I think it's finally caught up with him," Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Staudaher said afterward.

    The charges focus on phony court affidavits Carroll was accused of putting together in civil cases involving one of his clients, debt collector Richland Holdings.

    Carroll was accused of failing to serve documents in 17 Richland Holdings cases in May and June 2010, though he certified them as served in Justice Court affidavits.

    As a consequence, people named in the affidavits were not notified they were being sued by Richland Holdings.

    Earlier in the weeklong trial, Staudaher told the jury many of the people Carroll swore he had served weren't even home at the time. Some were at work, one couple was in England, and one address didn't exist, Staudaher said.
For more, see Ex-process server convicted of more counts in affidavit scheme.

Thanks to Deontos for the heads-up on the story.

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