Matthew Dunkley, 53, appeared in Henderson Justice Court Wednesday morning for his arraignment. The attorney who is charged with nine counts of theft and one count of exploitation of an elderly person’s bail was increased to $250,000.
According to an arrest report, the case against Dunkley came to light when authorities investigated various money transfers to a woman who was not his wife. The report said Dunkley transferred money to an exotic dancer who was also known to be his “hot girlfriend.”
During the State Bar of Nevada hearing Dunkley admitted to taking all of the funds for gambling, but an investigation showed various money transfers to Ivory Star Cain.
The court documents say Dunkley paid Cain a total over $100,000 all in exchange for Cains company which also included an active sexual relationship.
During his arraignment on Wednesday, prosecutors argued he’s a flight risk many neighbors are shocked by all the accusations as they say they never had problems with the family and found him to be kind and friendly.
“He may not be a danger based upon his suspension, but he had no intent on cooperating with authorities when they came looking for him,” said J.p. Raman, Chief Deputy District Attorney.
A “longtime member in the community he’s lived in the same home; I talked to his wife, he’s lived in his home now at least 10 years,” said Bryan Cox, an attorney from the Public Defender’s Office arguing on his client’s behalf. “He has a family here in the community. He’s been working as a paralegal since he’s been suspended from the same firm.”
According to the arrest report, Dunkley is still said to be in contact with Cain who says Dunkley advised her he cannot continue to pay her at this time until everything settles.”
Dunkley pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is scheduled to be back in court on Jan. 3.