Former Clark County recorder jailed for probation violation

An ex-Clark County recorder convicted in 2010 of abusing her elected office is in jail for probation violation.

Frances Deane was arrested April 1, according to a Clark County Detention Center booking log, for unspecified violations of her probation. Deane’s probation violation report is sealed.

Clark County Judge Valorie Vega ordered Deane to serve 90 days in jail, court records show. She is scheduled to be released June 30.

The Metropolitan Police Department, which runs the county jail, declined a request for an interview with Deane on her behalf. Police also would not release copies of Deane’s mug shot because the state Division of Parole and Probation would not allow it, according to police spokesman Lawrence Hadfield.

A calls to Parole and Probation and the Clark County public defender’s office, which represented Deane in her most recent court proceedings, were not returned Thursday.

Deane was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to repay $54,000 to Clark County in August 2010. She pleaded guilty to theft, misconduct of a public officer and unlawful commissions, personal profit and compensation of public officers.

In June 2006, Deane was removed from office by court order and charged in connection with taking more than $40,000 in bribes to illegally sell public information. That included about 32 years worth of real estate documents. Among the documents a recorder keeps for the public are property records, marriage certificates and tax liens.

Authorities said Deane used her ill-gotten money to pay bills and to buy a TV. In some cases, authorities said, Deane received cash payments jammed in stuffed animals.

She took office in January 2003, but with her conviction she is not allowed to run for, apply for her hold public office. Other terms of Deane’s probation include seeking mental health treatment and reporting her conviction on job applications.

Contact reporter Adam Kealoha Causey at acausey@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0361.