BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - Ricki Barlow, 46, former member of the Las Vegas City Council in Nevada, representing Ward 5, pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud before Andrew P. Gordon, who received his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987, and sworn in as a United States District Judge on April 15, 2013. Sentencing is set for May 31. According to his guilty plea, Ricki Barlow solicited donations from members of the Las Vegas community for his re-election to the Las Vegas City Council in 2015, and secretly diverted campaign funds to himself. Barlow hired friends and associates to work as campaign vendors, inflated invoices, then divided half of their campaign paychecks between themselves. Barlow confessed to covertly redirecting $49,125 in campaign funds to a "shoe box."
“Rather than serving the community he was elected to represent, Ricki Barlow abused his position of trust and concocted a scheme to line his own pockets,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Cronan. “Corruption at any level of the government harms the community by undermining the public’s confidence in their elected leaders and government. Because the effects of corruption are so corrosive, the Justice Department and our law enforcement partners are committed to vigorously investigating and prosecuting official corruption wherever it exists.”
“No one, including elected officials, is above the law,” said U.S. Attorney Elieson. “The defendant violated his oath of office and the public’s trust for his personal gain. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to protecting the community and to the vigorous prosecution of all who seek to personally enrich themselves at the public’s expense.”
“The public trust must be something that is cherished by all who serve in positions of public office,” said Special Agent in Charge Rouse. “Sadly, Mr. Barlow abused his position for personal gain. The FBI will continue to root out public corruption where it exists. If you are in the community and are aware of an elected or appointed official engaging in illegal conduct, I encourage you to notify the FBI or U.S. Attorney’s Office.”
Shawn W. Anderson
Jessica K. Mattingly
Roy Albert Andrade