Attorney General Laxalt Files Criminal Complaint Against Las Vegas Police Officer for Insurance Fraud

April 27, 2016

Las Vegas, NV – Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced the filing of a criminal complaint against Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper, 38, of Las Vegas, for alleged crimes arising from the burning of his 2014 recreational vehicle. Harper is charged with one count of theft and one count of burning of property with intent to defraud an insurer, both category “B” felonies, one count of attempted theft, a category “C” felony, two counts of insurance fraud, both category “D” felonies, and one count of third degree arson, a category “D” felony. The alleged crimes were committed in January 2016.

    It is alleged that Harper set his recreational vehicle on fire in order to collect a fraudulent insurance claim. The Clark County Fire Department determined the fire to be incendiary in nature, and concluded that Harper, the owner of the recreational vehicle, set the fire.

      “My Office is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the insurance system and protecting Nevada’s consumers from increased premiums,” said Laxalt. “This attempt to defraud an insurance company is particularly troubling because it was allegedly committed by a person tasked with enforcing laws and protecting the public.”

        The investigation of this case was a joint effort by the Clark County Fire Department and the Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Control Unit. In general, a criminal complaint contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

          The criminal complaint filed against Jeffrey Lynn Harper is attached.




               (Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)