Las Vegas constable arrested after embezzling funds for gambling habit
Police in Nevada raided the home and office of Henderson Constable Earl Mitchell last week, confiscating computers, documents, a shotgun and funds following an investigation that into the constable’s activities. The investigation was initiated following a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal in March that alleged Mitchel had misused funds.
The raid was executed a week ago at Mitchell’s home, the Henderson Constable office and the Bank of Nevada. Mitchell reportedly maintained two accounts at the bank that contained country funds used for payroll for his deputies. While the majority of the staff at the office is paid directly by the county, the deputies who serve evictions and other court orders are paid from the bank accounts.
According to the report, Mitchell had embezzled funds, using his account as a constable to write checks to himself for as much as $70,000. He then cashed the checks at casinos and other gambling facilities and used the funds at the casinos and for travel to see his children. He also reportedly withdrew cash from county back accounts at casino ATMs. The March article on his activities also alleged that $151,000 of $1 million received by Mitchell between 2016 and 2017 was unaccounted for. Mitchell faces charges of theft, unlawful use of public funds, embezzlement and misconduct of a public officer.