Nev. Supreme Court Affirms Former Councilman’s Conviction for Insurance Fraud

July 15, 2005

The Nevada Attorney General’s Office announced the affirmation of the conviction of former North Las Vegas City Councilman John Rhodes.

The Supreme Court of Nevada notified the Attorney General’s office that it has decided to uphold Rhodes’ 2003 conviction for one count
of felony Insurance Fraud.

Rhodes was found guilty by a Clark County jury in September 2003 based on reported evidence that Rhodes filed a fraudulent $10,200 insurance claim following an alleged burglary of his home in 1998.

In an Order released on July 5, 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that there was no merit to Rhodes’ claim that he was denied a fair trial due to an alleged faulty jury instruction. The Court also found no merit to Rhodes’ claim that the State failed to provide exculpatory evidence in a timely manner.

Rhodes was sentenced to 18 to 48 months in prison. The sentence was suspended and Rhodes was placed on probation not to exceed five years.

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