New Details in Clark County Recorder Investigation - 8 News NOW

George Knapp, Investigative Reporter

New Details in Clark County Recorder Investigation

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An investigation into Clark County Recorder Frances Deane is apparently expanding.

No one is talking on the record about the ongoing investigation, but the I-Team has learned that Clark County has been served with a subpoena from the grand jury, demanding a massive accounting of public documents.

Back in early March, Metro detectives served search warrants on the office and home of county recorder Fran Deane. They suspect that Deane has been accepting money from private businesses in exchange for early access to public documents. A second search warrant was served on her home after police were told Deane received cash stuffed in teddy bears.

The I-Team has now learned a grand jury is asking the county to provide an inventory of every document in the possession of the recorder's office. By some estimates, more than 10 million documents are housed there. The subpoena is sealed but informed sources say it was served on April 24th and the county has until May 23rd to comply with what must be a massive undertaking.

The I-Team has been told that the initial investigation of Deane has greatly expanded the more the detectives learn about her business practices. She is suspected of accepting more than $145,000 in direct payments. But the grand jury subpoena is looking for evidence of other crimes involving unnamed parties. C

County officials declined to comment Wednesday, nor would they acknowledge the receipt of the subpoena since grand jury proceedings, by law, are secret.

The Eyewitness News I-Team expects to have further details on this part of the probe as soon as the information becomes available.

Email investigative reporter George Knapp at gknapp@klastv.com

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