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I-Team: Secret Tapes in Attorney Murder-Suicide Case Released

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LAS VEGAS -- A prominent attorney at the center of a massive political corruption investigation says law enforcement needs to make up its mind about what she has allegedly done.

Lawyer Nancy Quon is a primary suspect in a two-year federal probe involving local homeowner associations, but she is also under investigation by Las Vegas police involving a murder-suicide pact involving drugs, arson, and insurance fraud.

Quon and her attorney say the case is being made complicated on purpose because law enforcement keeps changing its theory to fit facts that don't add up.

A federal indictment in the huge HOA conspiracy could be days, or months away. In the meantime, local authorities have taken related matters before two grand juries and are reportedly ready to try to sell their case to a third grand jury after the first two did not buy the full picture.

One uncertainty stems from an undercover drug deal secretly recorded by police. In November, a drug buy went down in a parked car. The dealer in the driver's seat was an undercover detective who hands over two vials of GHB. The buyer is a man named Robert Justice.

Justice paid $4,000 for more than 50 grams of the deadly drug, purportedly on behalf of a former Metro police officer named Ron Webb, who planned to use it to kill Quon, who was his, either as a murder or part of a suicide pact.

As soon as the transaction is completed, Justice exits the car and is busted.

In subsequent videos, Justice works with the police to ensnare Webb, who was also arrested once the GHB changed hands. The police videos are part of a massive case file presented to two grand juries to prove that Webb and Quon conspired together to take Quon's life so that her insurance policy would pay off for Webb and her family.

Police believe Quon became suicidal after the I-Team first reported a massive task force investigation into fraud and corruption within local homeowner associations, a plot that allegedly earned her millions. Police say a despondent Quon wanted to end it all, first by taking drugs and setting fire to her house, and then later with the plan to obtain GHB.

Although Quon has been charged in connection with the GHB sting, two grand juries declined to charge her with arson or insurance fraud.

"That doesn't seem to stop them and they seem to keep going back. We've been told they want a third bite at the apple," said attorney Tom Pitaro.

Pitaro says that in his 35 years of legal practice, he has never seen one case brought before three grand juries. Nor has he seen the facts of the case change so often. For the charges to stick, Quon must be suicidal.

"The original theory of the case was I was trying to commit suicide so my insurance would pay my beneficiaries. What they failed to state was that the suicide clauses in these policies had already vested. In other words, you would not have to hide it from the insurance company for them to pay," said Quon. "I don't think you would have to burn yourself up in a fire for that to happen. I can't think of a worse way to go."

"Of course, the insurance on the fire, the money doesn't go to Nancy. There are encumbrances on the house. The house gets rebuilt. It's not that Nancy puts anything in her pocket," said Pitaro.

Quon insists she is not and was not suicidal. A state-ordered psychiatric exam backs her up. Pitaro says grand jurors were not told about the finding that Quon was not suicidal. Grand jury transcripts also hint why Quon was not charged with arson, because the government's own expert said he could not prove the fire at her home was deliberately set.

Quon says she would never do something like that to her kids.

"This is the home I raised my kids in. I don't think that's the memory you want them to have of their childhood. 'Yeah, that's the home my mom burnt herself up in.' A sane person would never do that and the doctor said I'm sane," she said.

Pitaro tipped his hand about how he will defend against the GHB charges. He says the amounts of GHB changed from one grand jury to the next, along with the amounts of money which changed hands. But that the one constant, Pitaro says, is the source of the drugs: Metro made the GHB in its own lab and made it strong enough to kill.

"He tested it not once, but twice, to ensure this was going to be a lethal dose that he understands is going to be given to a two-time felon who now has two felony charges pending against him, who is going to sell it to someone else who says they are going to make sure that I die, basically. That's extremely upsetting to me," said Quon.

It is legal for police to manufacture or otherwise provide controlled substances in a sting-type case.

The grand jury which already heard the Quon case has been disbanded and a new one is being formed. A spokesperson for the ACLU, Maggie McLetchie, said that unless police have new evidence, it is entirely inappropriate to go back to the grand jury a third time.

The District Attorney's Office declined to comment on the case.

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