DA's office reviews county commissioner's allegation of extortion plot

The Clark County district attorney's office recently began reviewing materials in County Commissioner Steve Sisolak's allegations of an extortion plot.

Tess Driver, executive assistant to District Attorney Steve Wolfson, said Las Vegas police submitted the case last week. Driver didn't know late Monday afternoon whether police had made any recommendations in the investigation. Lawyers reviewing the case do not have a deadline for reaching a decision.

The investigation, which began in late January, centered on a meeting between Sisolak and representatives of his former girlfriend Kathleen Vermillion: lawyer Robert Martin and publicist Mark Fierro.

Sisolak called the Jan. 22 meeting a shakedown for $3.9\u2007million. Martin and Fierro called the meeting a legal settlement conference to resolve the defamation lawsuit Vermillion had filed against Sisolak and Clark County three days earlier in District Court.

During the investigation, the Criminal Intelligence Section of the Metropolitan Police Department seized computer files, digital videotapes and documents. Investigators searched Vermillion's home and the offices of Fierro and Martin.

The former Henderson city councilwoman's lawsuit accused Sisolak of disseminating her personal health records and alleged he had improper relationships with her family members, including her 15-year-old daughter. The lawsuit was later dropped.

Sisolak denied the allegations.

Vermillion's ex-husband released a statement saying his daughter had admitted that the accusations against Sisolak were false. She was just trying to help her mother, Burt Boutin said.

The police investigation began when Sisolak filed a complaint after the Jan. 22 meeting at Fierro's office.

During the meeting, the publicist said that he and Martin were not accusing Sisolak of criminal conduct but that "this is stuff that ends political careers."

If Sisolak reached a settlement for $3.9\u2007million, it would all "be erased," according to notes from Sisolak's lawyer, Laura FitzSimmons, which were based on a recording of the meeting.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at aplanas@ reviewjournal.com or 702-383-4638.


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