Clark County Recorder Frances Deane ordered to step down from office
Four months remaining on a $90,000 annual salary, and Clark County Recorder Frances Deane was asked to step down from office today after search warrants at her office and home led Metro to confiscate her computer and boxes of documents, with the charge: “misappropriation of public property.”
Deane faces 19 felonies of misconduct under allegations of selling copies of county documents to businesses for thousands of dollars, as well as not reporting campaign contributions. She is suspected of profiting more than $250,000.
Deane recorded over 5,000 documents per day from marriage certificates to property records, all public information on file at the Clark County Recorder’s office. She’s accused of selling information within those hundreds of millions of pages of records, which are normally available free to the public.
Two years ago, Deane had done the same thing, when she started a private company for individuals to view public documents from her office for a cost. She was then charged and paid a $5,000 fine. She kept her job.
Deane stated last week, “I did not do this crime” and maintained her innocence.
Today, District Judge Douglas Herndon felt evidence was sufficient enough to order her removed from office as of Friday, Sept. 8.