Another defense lawyer was indicted by a Clark County grand jury Thursday on charges of forging court documents in misdemeanor cases involving prostitutes.
Vicki Greco, a member of the Nevada bar since September 2003, was charged with a total 138 felony and gross misdemeanor counts, including conspiracy to commit a crime, burglary, forgery, offering a false instrument for filing or record and destroying of evidence.
District Judge Jennifer Togliatti issued a warrant for her arrest and set bail at $50,000. Greco, 43, is to answer the charges in court on Dec. 16.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Marc DiGiacomo told Togliatti that investigators found that false documents were submitted in at least 41 of Greco’s cases. He said there could have been hundreds of such cases, but many files were destroyed.
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 suspended defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield, who was charged with doing the same for his clients, mostly prostitutes, over the same period.
Bloomfield pleaded guilty to felony and gross misdemeanor charges in a similar courthouse scheme in December 2013 and was later temporarily suspended. He cooperated and is waiting to be sentenced.
Bloomfield admitted filing or helping file forged documents in 91 cases that falsely claimed a client had completed counseling or community service. He also admitted having client files destroyed to cover his actions.
Greco’s lawyer, Gary Modafferi, Thursday questioned the motives of the witnesses against Greco.
“From what I know the people who testified against her are people who made plea agreements with the government and are trying to avoid prison time themselves,” he said.
Modaferri also said he intended to challenge the legality of Greco’s indictment because the charges occurred beyond the statute of limitations.
But the 73-page indictment alleges that the scheme continued until June as Greco met with other co-conspirators to cover up her criminal acts.
Greco instructed employees not to speak with police and destroyed or erased computer data and electronic documents to prevent the information from getting into the hands of police, the indictment alleges.
She also met with Bloomfield and others between April 2010 and January 2011 to discuss how to hide evidence from police, the indictment alleges.
In July police searched for correspondence and records of financial transactions between Greco and former juvenile probation officer Robert Chiodini, who was charged with Bloomfield in 2011.
Chiodini, who pleaded guilty and cooperated, is also waiting to be sentenced. He spent about a half-hour testifying before the grand jury last week.
Chiodini was accused of helping Bloomfield obtain false certificates of completion showing community service at Chiodini’s Genesis Center, a youth boxing organization.
DiGiacomo said in court Thursday that Greco introduced Chiodini to Bloomfield.
Greco and her employees filled out phony hours of community service at the Genesis Center for her clients and then she and other lawyers either filed the certificates or represented in court that the service was done as part of sentencing requirements, according to DiGiacomo and the indictment.
DiGiacomo said it was well known on the street that a prostitute could hire Greco and never have to go to court.
No other lawyers have been charged.
In December 2011 Bloomfield, Chiodini and former counseling service owner Steven Brox were charged in a county indictment with carrying out their forgery scheme as far back as 2008.
Bloomfield’s now-estranged wife, Amber Bloomfield, and former bail bondsman Thomas Jaskol were subsequently indicted, with added charges that they conspired with Bloomfield to destroy evidence.
The other defendants all pleaded guilty.
Greco used a company other than Brox’s to submit phony certificates of completion to fulfill AIDS counseling requirements for her clients, the indictment alleges.
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