A defense lawyer charged in a scheme to file forged court documents involving prostitutes was temporarily suspended by the Nevada Supreme Court on Friday.
Vicki Greco, 43, was indicted by a Clark County grand jury in December on 138 felony and gross misdemeanor counts, including conspiracy to commit a crime, forgery, burglary, offering a false instrument for filing a record, and destroying evidence.
In a three-page order signed by all seven justices, the high court said Greco “poses a substantial threat of serious harm to the public.”
She misrepresented facts and submitted false evidence in judicial proceedings and failed to properly keep clients’ funds, according to the order.
Her suspension, requested by the State Bar of Nevada, will last until professional disciplinary proceedings against her are resolved. Her lawyer in the bar case, John George, could not be reached for comment.
Greco, a bar member since September 2003, has been free on bail since her arrest in December. She does not yet have a trial date and is fighting the charges.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo said in court following her indictment that investigators found that false documents were submitted in at least 41 of Greco’s misdemeanor cases.
Las Vegas police raided Greco’s home and law office in July, seeking evidence that she filed phony certificates of completion for Las Vegas Justice Court-ordered counseling and community service on behalf of the prostitutes between 2008 and 2010.
The investigation is tied to the long-running criminal case against former defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty to doing the same thing for his clients over the same period. The Supreme Court disbarred Bloomfield on March 25.
Earlier in the month, District Judge Jessie Walsh sentenced Bloomfield to 90 days in the Clark County Detention Center, but he was released to house arrest after only three days.
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