Las Vegas Journalist’s Homicide Suspect Has Monetary Misconduct Allegations

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Posted on: October 20, 2022, 03:00h. 

Final up to date on: October 20, 2022, 03:15h.

Robert Telles, the Clark County Public Administrator charged with murdering Las Vegas Evaluate-Journal investigative reporter Jeff German, now additionally stands accused of potential funds misappropriation. A Nevada Supreme Courtroom order filed Wednesday says latest belief account transfers from Telles “recommend potential mishandling or misappropriation of consumer funds.”

Dan Hooge, normal counsel for the State Bar of Nevada, instructed German’s former newspaper that between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, Telles withdrew greater than $195K from an account designated for cash from his purchasers in non-public apply. “We don’t know the place it went, precisely,” Hooge mentioned.

Robert Telles
Robert Telles, accused of murdering a Las Vegas reporter, is now additionally accused by the Nevada Supreme Courtroom of doubtless misappropriating consumer funds. (Picture: cbsnews.com)

The court docket order quickly suspends Telles from training legislation “pending the decision of formal disciplinary proceedings towards him.” Although Telles’ bio and photograph have been faraway from Clark County’s web site, he nonetheless technically holds his elected place till its time period expires on Jan. 2, 2023.

Homicide Expenses

Telles is accused of “willful, deliberate, and premeditated” first-degree homicide after “mendacity in wait” exterior German’s Las Vegas home on Sept. 2. He faces life in jail.

German was stabbed seven instances, leading to his loss of life. Prosecutors mentioned the act was motivated by earlier tales German had printed about Telles and one other story that was within the works. Investigators mentioned DNA discovered beneath German’s fingernails matched samples taken from Telles, which led to his arrest.

German, 69, who coated public corruption, beforehand uncovered complaints about Telles’ office misconduct from present and former staffers. This included allegations of a hostile work setting and an alleged “inappropriate relationship” Telles had with a subordinate.

The Public Administrator had been working for reelection when German’s tales had been first printed. He misplaced a major in June.

Indigency Additionally Questioned

Telles is being represented by two taxpayer-funded attorneys from the Clark County Public Defender’s Workplace, one other of his monetary choices at present beneath investigation by the R-J.

In response to requirements set by the Nevada Supreme Courtroom in 2008, a public defender could be assigned to any defendant who’s indigent, outlined as being “unable, with out substantial hardship to himself or his dependents, to acquire competent, certified authorized counsel on his or her personal.”

Although Telles filed papers with the court docket on Sept. 20 claiming indigency, he additionally famous that he and his spouse made $20,500 a month from 5 rental properties. The R-J, which obtained a duplicate of the Telles’ monetary disclosure, reported that the defendant checked the field subsequent to “at present incarcerated” as his solely qualification without cost authorized help, although a number of causes had been listed.

On Tuesday, a choose denied a request from Telles’ public defenders to grant him bail of $100,000, which they mentioned Telles believed his household would have the ability to assist him pay. Telles stays within the Clark County Detention Middle, scheduled to look in court docket once more on Oct. 26.

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