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I-Team: Constable Office to Review Deputies Annually

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Allison Lear Allison Lear
Jason Watkins Jason Watkins

LAS VEGAS -- The I-Team has learned more about an incident at a Las Vegas Strip nightclub involving two deputies with the Las Vegas Constable's Office.

One of those deputies, who has since resigned, was arrested. The other faces an internal investigation.

According to a representative for the constable, deputy and office CEO Jason Watkins and deputy Allison Lear claim they were executing an arrest warrant when they encountered security at the MGM a recent Friday night not once, but twice.

The first time security approached them was about 9 p.m., according to police. The two deputies were in uniform.

The second time they were approached by security, however, was at 3:30 a.m. Metro Police said the two were in club attire outside of the Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand.

Club security called Metro because the two seemed suspicious.

According to police, Watkins was armed at the time, but Lear was not.

Officers ultimately arrested Lear on outstanding warrants on charges of forgery, perjury and filing a false instrument.

They also charged her with possession of drug paraphernalia for a glass pipe.

The outstanding warrants relate to an alleged scam in which Lear claimed she was married to a boyfriend who died in a race car crash.

According to police reports, she forged a marriage license to take control of his estate after his death.

The constable's representative now believes he knows why those warrants didn't show up in her pre-employment background check. Deputy Chief Dean Lauer said they were filed two months after she was hired.

To avoid this in the future, the office now plans to conduct criminal history checks annually and is currently doing so for all employees who haven't been screened in the last two years.

The internal investigation involving Watkins is ongoing.

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