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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 20, 2018

Former Las Vegas City Councilman Sentenced To Prison

WASHINGTON – A former Las Vegas City Councilman was sentenced today to 1 month in prison, 3 months in a halfway house, and 8 months of home confinement for orchestrating a scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from his reelection campaign in 2015, announced Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney Dayle Elieson of the District of Nevada.

Ricki Y. Barlow, 46, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Andrew P. Gordon of the District of Nevada following Barlow’s guilty plea to one count of wire fraud earlier this year.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Gordon imposed a fine of $66,125 and ordered Barlow to serve 3 years of supervised release. 

According to admissions made in connection with Barlow’s plea, Barlow stole approximately $49,125 from his reelection campaign in 2015 through a series of kickbacks from campaign vendors.  Barlow admitted to directing the campaign vendors to submit inflated invoices to his campaign treasurer and then kick back a substantial percentage of their paychecks to Barlow, typically in the form of cash.  Barlow also admitted to accepting an additional $17,000 in cash campaign contributions that he never reported to his campaign treasurer or transmitted to the campaign.  Instead, as he did with the campaign kickbacks, Barlow admitted to diverting the $17,000 in campaign contributions for his own personal use.   

To conceal the scheme to steal campaign funds, Barlow admitted to causing his campaign to submit false campaign finance reports to the Nevada Secretary of State.    

This case was investigated by the FBI.  Trial Attorney Ryan J. Ellersick of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel R. Schiess of the District of Nevada prosecuted the case.   

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Topic(s): 
Financial Fraud
Public Corruption
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Updated July 20, 2018