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Henderson constable indicted, faces 5 felony counts

Dec 6, 2018 |


A Clark County grand jury indicted Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell on five felony counts Thursday after a Las Vegas Review-Journal story questioned his spending of county money.

Mitchell, 61, faces four counts of theft and one count of fraudulent appropriation of property by a public officer. The grand jury determined that he likely misused about $82,000 in county funds for his own use, records show.

That amount is similar to what the Review-Journal found in March based on records that showed Mitchell wrote himself about $70,000 in checks and withdrew thousands more at casinos and video poker bars. He also used county funds to travel to cities where his children live.

The thefts happened over four years starting in 2015 and ending in March, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jay P. Raman told Judge Douglas Herndon.

“The media made the matter public and he stopped,” he said.

Herndon issued an arrest warrant and set bond at $40,000.

Spending questions

In 2015, county commissioners expressed concerns about the salaries Mitchell and the North Las Vegas constables were paying themselves and removed financial authority from the offices. The constables now send all payments for their work serving legal papers and eviction notices directly to the county. Those constables then request money to pay deputies.

But records show Mitchell requested tens of thousands of dollars for deputy pay over two years that wasn’t paid to his staff.

In 2016 and 2017, Mitchell wrote himself about $72,000 in checks from those funds without justification or approval from county officials. He also withdrew $9,000 in cash from the account, including more than $1,200 at casinos and video poker bars, records show.

The bank statements Mitchell provided the Review-Journal were heavily redacted with nearly half of the 762 entries blacked out because he said they were personal expenses he had reimbursed. About $49,000 in cash was deposited in the Henderson Township accounts but it’s not clear where that money originated.

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