LAS VEGAS -- A federal grand jury has handed down nearly a dozen additional indictments in the Homeowner Association political corruption case.
The story was first reported years ago by the 8 News NOW I-Team. Law enforcement sources have confirmed the final round of indictments were issued Monday by a grand jury.
According to court documents, the fraud scheme operated from August 2003 to February 2009. Among those named is one of the reputed ringleaders of the scheme, former Silver Lining construction company owner, Leon Benzer. He's suspected of steering construction defect contracts to his company and the law firm of, now deceased, attorney Nancy Quon.
It's alleged Benzer, and others, would identify homeowners' associations that could potentially bring construction defect cases. They would then identify units within those HOA's for sale. According to court documents, Benzer and others, enlisted straw buyers to purchase the units and then rig HOA boards to go along with the lawsuits.
The 11 charged defendants include:
Jose Luis Alvarez, 45
Rodolfo Alvarez-Rodriquez, 44
Ricky Anderson, 49
David Ball, 44
Leon Benzer, 46
Edith Gillespie, 51
Keith Gregory, 59
Maria Limon, 45
Barry Levinson, 45
Charles McChesney, 47
Salvatore Ruvolo, 84
Each is indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Most of the defendants also face other various charges.