Members of the First Thai Laotian Presbyterian Church once reached out to a 22-year-old woman with cerebral palsy and an older husband who does not work, but now feel their generosity has been repaid with threats and intimidation.
Today, a civil protection order was served against the 50-year-old husband, Greg Nance Dagani, telling him to stay off church property and not to contact the pastor, the Rev. Prachaub Dechawan, or his congregation.
Nance received the order in a hallway outside a family law courtroom while awaiting a guardianship hearing for his handicapped wife, Sharona Dagani.
Scott Cantor, a lawyer for Nance’s mother-in-law, Joan Albstein, alleges that Nance is one in a string of “undue influences” who have manipulated her daughter to access her $2 million trust fund.
District Judge Charles Hoskin continued the guardianship case, because he did think that “undue influence” could be the legal grounds for declaring someone “mentally incompetent.”
Hoskin decided to allow Cantor to make the argument in a report.
After the case was continued to Sept. 15, Nance, a former member of the Nevada State Board of Education, got into words with another church member in the same courthouse hallway.
Dennis Wallace, a 59-year-old Vietnam War veteran with bone cancer from Agent Orange, said, “My heart was racing” as he felt Nance tried to egg him into a fight. A bailiff called for extra security before Nance walked away.
Wallace said Nance owes him $4,000 in back rent and eviction fees, which he is pursuing in small claims court. Plus, Wallace said he is missing furniture from the house in North Las Vegas that the couple used to rent from him.
Wallace let the couple stay there for four months this spring at half the cost he normally charges. Plus, the pastor, Dechawan, and his wife, Gloria, purchased the couple a $2,000 bedroom set on the condition they would be paid back.
The pastor said he still is making payments on the bedroom set but has never received any reimbursement from the Daganis. Dechawan and his wife allege that Nance has made harassing phone calls and sent similar text messages to them and other church members.
Nance denied the allegations. He called the church at 4601 W. Lake Mead Blvd. a “cult” that taught young women to “let sexual pervs” touch them.
“That clearly goes against the teaching of the Bible,” Nance said.
Church members said Nance would misconstrue ordinary hugging and blessings, such as a laying of the hands, as sexual acts.
Nance would not comment on the money he owes to church members, except to say that he is filing for bankruptcy.
Because his wife has a separate trust, she was able to purchase the couple a $260,000 house near the Las Vegas Beltway and Jones Boulevard in southwest Las Vegas.
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