Today a suspended Clark County family court judge entered a guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to carry out wire fraud, stemming from an investment scheme worth close to $3 million. In return for Judge Steven Jones entering the plea, several related charges were dismissed. Jones has also promised to step down from his judgeship and give up his bar card.
Jones' sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2015, where prosecutors will ask that he be sentenced to prison for no longer than 27 months. At that time the judge will also determine restitution. Had Jones gone to trial instead and been found guilty, the judge could have imposed a 12 year prison sentence.
Jones' is one of six defendants indicted two years ago in this fraudulent scheme. Four are pleading guilty today, and one entered a plea last month. The fraud allegedly spanned ten years, and the defendants reportedly deceived people to lend them money in order to buy property and water rights. For more on this case, go to: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/las-vegas/suspended-family-court-judge-jones-pleads-guilty-26m-fraud-scheme