Former Las Vegas Township Constable John Bonaventura pleaded not guilty Tuesday to theft and wiretapping charges.
An indictment accuses Bonaventura, 54, of wrongfully increasing an employee’s salary to repay a personal debt. It also accuses him of secretly recording phone calls from newspaper reporters, lawyers, a judge and at least one Clark County commissioner. Along with one count of theft, Bonaventura faces one count of misconduct of a public officer and four counts of unlawful interception of wire communications, all felonies. more
Background: In March 2013, the Clark County Commission unanimously voted to abolish the Las Vegas constable’s office... Bonaventura told others that he wanted to bleed the office dry of all its assets before it was abolished in January 2015.