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July 12, 2024

Ex-Family Court Judge Steven Jones sentenced to prison for fraud

Steven Jones

John Locher / AP

Suspended Las Vegas area family court judge Steven Jones, right, walks out of federal court with his attorney Robert Draskovich Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in Las Vegas. Jones pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for his role in a decade-long investment scheme that prosecutors alleged reaped some $3 million.

A former longtime Clark County Family Court judge who pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges has been sentenced to more than two years in prison and ordered to pay $2.9 million in restitution to dozens of victims of the investment scheme.

U.S. District Judge Jennifer A. Dorsey sentenced 57-year-old old Steven Jones to 26 months in prison Wednesday after he admitted bilking more than 50 investors out of millions for nearly a decade.

Jones resigned from the bench and was disbarred in December after pleading guilty to his role in the conspiracy.

Prosecutors say investors were tricked with false promises they could buy and sell water rights worth millions as part of a secret government program.

Instead, prosecutors say Jones and others spent the money on gambling and their own living expenses.

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