Prosecutors try to revoke bail for ex-officer Carroll


Maurice Carroll, the former process server convicted in a false affidavit scheme, landed in jail again this week following a domestic battery conviction.

Carroll, 42, who also is a former police officer, was convicted Tuesday in North Las Vegas Municipal Court of choking his pregnant girlfriend during an argument.

He was fined $1,000 and ordered to spend two days at the North Las Vegas Detention Center and serve 48 hours of community service. He also was given a suspended sentence of 180 days on the misdemeanor charge.

On Friday, prosecutors filed court papers seeking to revoke Carroll's bail and put him in the Clark County Detention Center while he fights felony perjury and forgery charges in the affidavit scheme.

"Carroll was previously convicted of multiple felonies and is currently awaiting trial on two separate felony cases," Chief Deputy District Attorney Mike Staudaher wrote. "Yet despite being allowed to remain free on bail, he committed and was convicted of a violent act against a pregnant woman. The state submits that the defendant is no longer a reasonable candidate for bail."

Staudaher said the argument between Carroll and his girlfriend occurred on Dec. 21, a little more than two months after Carroll was convicted on 17 counts of perjury, 17 counts of filing false affidavits and one count of obtaining money under false pretenses in a scheme he carried out at the Regional Justice Center. District Judge Elissa Cadish ordered a new trial on the perjury charges in January.

The girlfriend told police that Carroll grabbed her around her neck with both hands in a fit of anger, and police later photographed red marks on her neck, Staudaher wrote.

Staudaher said Carroll has a "history of domestic violence cases," but this was his first conviction.

The prosecutor called into question the truthfulness of Carroll's testimony during this week's North Las Vegas trial. He said Carroll, who is roughly 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds, testified that he was afraid of his girlfriend, who is about 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds.

Carroll, who ran the unlicensed process-serving company On Scene Mediations, has an Oct. 11 trial date in District Court on 17 forgery charges.

Staudaher filed the forgery case against Carroll based on testimony from his own witnesses during the January hearing before Cadish. No date has been set for the new perjury trial while prosecutors appeal Cadish's decision to overturn the convictions.

The affidavit scheme involved Carroll certifying he had served court documents in Justice Court cases when he hadn't. The cases involved one of his clients, debt collector Richland Holdings.

The Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada has filed a class-action lawsuit against Carroll and another of his former clients, payday loan company Rapid Cash, alleging false affidavits were submitted in default cases brought by the company.

Carroll's former office manager, Vilisia Coleman, pleaded guilty in the scheme and is cooperating with prosecutors.

Contact Jeff German at jgerman@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-8135.

 

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