Defense attorneys ask for probation for Kenny aide


Defense attorneys representing former Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny's indicted campaign finance manager are urging a federal judge to give him probation for his role in a political corruption case.

Daniel Geiger, 64, pleaded guilty in June to honest services fraud and helped the federal government with its prosecution of Kenny and real estate consultant Donald Davidson.

Geiger is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

A pre-sentencing report prepared by the Bureau of Probation and Parole recommends a sentence of a year and one day for Geiger.

Geiger admitted that he cooked Kenny's campaign contribution books for years to cover for cash that she withdrew from the account for personal use. The accountant revealed that at one point Kenny's campaign report was $100,000 short.

Geiger said Kenny called developer Jim Rhodes and told him that not all of his campaign contributions would appear on the final report submitted to the secretary of state. Rhodes has denied any wrongdoing.

Geiger told federal authorities that in 2001, he helped in establishing an offshore account to hide $200,000 Kenny received from Davidson after she pushed through a controversial pharmacy at Desert Inn Road and Buffalo Drive.

"Someone was prepared to give her a large sum of cash," Geiger testified during Davidson's trial. "The problem they were having was financial disclosure of the funds being received."

A jury reached an impasse on the charges against Davidson related to Kenny. Davidson was convicted of conspiring to bribe Las Vegas City Councilman Michael McDonald in 2002.

In a motion filed Tuesday, Geiger's attorney, William Terry, argued that no other individuals faced the same allegations listed in the complaint filed against Geiger.

Kenny, also a government witness, pleaded guilty to taking cash bribes from former strip club owner Michael Galardi. She also told federal agents about payments she received from Davidson. Kenny was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison.

In his motion, Terry said Geiger has no prior convictions.

Terry asked U.S. District Judge Roger Hunt to consider Geiger's age and the help he provided to the government.

Terry also requested that the judge consider the fact that Geiger is the primary caretaker for a cancer patient who is legally disabled.

In his motion, Terry wrote: "While it is recognized that any offense is serious, a period of incarceration is not necessary to 'promote respect for the law ...' nor to provide deterrence to criminal conduct."

Geiger poses no threat to the public because he is selling his accounting business, according to the motion.

The U.S. attorney's office made no specific recommendation but said that Geiger offered to help in its investigation early.

"In the judgment of the United States, Geiger provided substantial assistance ... he provided investigative information," Acting U.S. Attorney Steven Myhre wrote in a motion, also filed Tuesday.

"Geiger's testimony was helpful at Davidson's trial. He provided testimony that enabled the government to present a strong case, although the jury hung on the counts relative to his testimony, though no fault of Geiger."

 

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