Five local men and one woman have been indicted for operating a false tow scam out of Las Vegas along with other fraudulent acts.
They are are Robert Milk, 38, Kenneth Johnson, 66, Curtis Acree, 53, Roosevelt Warren, 42, Kristi Milk, 36, and Joel Hendrix, 45. They were indicted by a Clark County Jury on 32 felony counts. The charges include: offering false document for filing or record, obtaining money or property under false pretenses, burglary, using personal identifying information of another, and mortgage lending fraud.
While Robert Milk, Kenneth Johnson, Curtis Acree, Roosevelt Warren and Joel Hendrix were indicted on multiple felony counts, Kristi Milk is charged with only one count of mortgage lending fraud. The fraudulent acts were committed between November 2013 and February 2017.
According to the indictment, the five male defendants filed false documents with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that claimed lienholders had been notified of vehicle tows or storage liens, and then subsequently sold the vehicles at auction. The indictment alleges that the lienholders never received any notice of the tow or subsequent auction by the tow company, thereby depriving them of thousands of dollars per vehicle. In some cases, the affidavits filed by the defendants claim that a nonexistent entity conducted the auction. The Milks are also alleged to have submitted false statements to the Federal Housing Authority, and Warren is alleged to have used multiple Social Security numbers not belonging to him to conduct high-dollar financial transactions.
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Robert Milk, Curtis Acree, Kenneth Johnson and Roosevelt Warren, have previously been charged in a similar scam in October, 2016. All four men entered a not guilty plea in that case, which is set for trial in November.
The new charges have been set for arraignment on Aug. 9.