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David Bloys - News for Public Officials

September 11, 2006

Calling it a “daunting and difficult decision” District Judge Doug Herndon has ordered Frances Deane to clean out her desk and leave the office of Clark County Recorder. The judge ruled she will lose her title before her term is up in November.

The order was in response to a complaint filed Aug. 16 by District Attorney David Roger. Roger told KLAS Channel 8 that he filed the complaint out of concern that taxpayers were continuing to pay Deane's $90,000 salary "when there is clear evidence that she has committed a crime."

Dean has been indicted for copying and selling approximately 60 million pages of real property records that spanned thirty two years of the records filed with the county. According to police she sold the records to a variety of buyers for a total of $250,000.

Some of the cash payments were allegedly delivered to Deane hidden inside stuffed animals.

Deane was ordered to step aside by the county manager following the launch of the federal investigation. She had been on paid medical leave since the beginning of the year, still making her full salary and receiving full benefits.

Deane’s attorney said they will appeal the decision but Deane will have to leave office in the interim.

To learn more, please read "County Recorder Charged with 19 Felony Counts." 

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