CARSON CITY – The Nevada Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily suspended the law license of Reno attorney Harvey Whittemore, who was sentenced to two years in prison last week by a federal judge.
A federal jury in Reno convicted Whittemore on May 29 of unlawfully funneling $133,400 in contributions to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Three justices of the court signed the order, noting that Whittemore has been convicted of serious crimes. The court referred the matter to the Northern Nevada Disciplinary Board for the initiation of formal disciplinary proceedings where the only issue will be the extent of the discipline to be imposed.
Whittemore, 61, who once wielded much influence in Nevada politics, has until Jan. 31 to surrender to prison authorities.
Whittemore was accused of giving money to 29 family members and employees of his former development company, Wingfield Nevada Group, and then using them as “conduits” for contributions to Reid’s campaign in 2007.
Whittemore was found guilty of three felony counts: making excessive campaign contributions, making contributions in the name of another and causing a false statement to be made to the Federal Election Commission.
Whittemore is appealing his conviction.
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