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LVMPD Lt. Tom Melton placed on leave due to criminal investigation

Posted at 12:17 PM, Jul 28, 2017

Las Vegas Metro Police Department Lt. Tom Melton was placed on paid administrative leave on Tuesday following an internal criminal investigation.

Melton is the commanding officer for the department's SWAT team. 

Contact 13 has information about how this could be connected to elder abuse in our guardianship system.

We found court records showing Melton is the guardian and trustee for a now-deceased elderly couple -- Jerome and Beverly Flaherty. 

April Parks was the couple's co-guardian. Parks sits in Clark County jail facing over 200 felony counts of theft and exploitation.

Law enforcement sources confirm Melton is being investigated for financial exploitation of the elderly.

But Melton's attorney says his client did nothing wrong. He points to Parks and attorney Noel Palmer Simpson who Melton hired for help on the Flaherty's guardianship case.

Simpson was also charged back in March with theft and filing false documents with the court. 

Las Vegas police said results from the criminal investigation will be turned over to the District Attorney. 

The Nevada Attorney General's office says, "Protecting Nevadans against financial fraud remains a priority" for their office, but they "cannot comment on any pending investigations."