Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura
Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura

With the amount of corruption that takes place on a regular basis within Las Vegas area governments, it can be hard to stand out. However, (soon to be former) Las Vegas Constable John Bonaventura and his deputy constables have actually managed to distinguish themselves among the roll call of corrupt officials in Clark County politics and even among the notoriously unaccountable members of Las Vegas law enforcement.

Bonaventura‘s latest scandal involves his cover up of the improper and illegal use of the Lexis Nexis “Accurint” database service to look up personal information on porn actresses by Deputy Chief Dean Lauer. Currently, Lauer serves as Bonaventura’s second in command within the troubled Constables office, which is scheduled to be eliminated in January after a rather extensive string of scandals.

The Accurint service, for which taxpayers are charged $800 a month for the required subscription fees, is intended to be used by law enforcement employees in order to conduct research on personal information during the course of an investigation. Instead, apparently Deputy Chief Lauer used it to conduct research on his favorite porn stars, including Traci Lords, Porche Lynne, Kayla Kleevage, Lisa Sparxxx and Gianna Michaels among the 16 current and former porn actresses accessed via his password and log-in info. A subsequent investigation was unable to find any legitimate law enforcement purpose for those searches.

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, this incriminating information was presented to Constable Bonaventura by an internal affairs investigator:

Capt. Hadi Sadjadi, the office’s internal affairs investigator, presented the information at the meeting with Bonaventura, Lauer and other senior officers. On a recording of the meeting obtained by the Review-Journal, Bonaventura wasn’t interested in knowing anything at all about the unauthorized searches done between March and December 2012.

“I need you to pull out all that stuff you got on Dean for running the Accurint stuff because, you know, I believe in my heart that he didn’t do it because he’s addicted to porno or something like that,” Bonaventura is heard saying. “I know somebody mentioned it was 3 in the morning or whatever. … I don’t know. I don’t even want to know. I don’t want to f—-ing know. Whatever you got, I want you to bring it in here and put it in the pile.”

It soon went beyond a simple lack of interest in investigating a clearly improper use of department resources into an active cover up when Bonaventura ordered Capt Sadjadi to shred all of his evidence and reports relating to the unauthorized Accurint searches:

Instead of investigating the improper use of the police records database, Bonaventura ordered evidence shredded.
Instead of investigating the improper use of the police records database, Bonaventura ordered the evidence shredded.

On the recording, Sadjadi is heard responding to Bonaventura’s opening comment by asking that chairs in the office be rearranged so staffers could face each other and have a “friendly debate.”

“We’re not having a debate, Hadi,” Bonaventura responded. “We’re not having a debate. …”

“But what I want you guys to do is I’m going to leave the room,” Bonaventura said. “There’s all this stuff here. There’s a shredder right there. Take your own crap and put it in the f—-ing shredder, OK? And when I come back, I want every­body to shake hands and that’s it.”

Bonaventura’s orders were followed and his men shredded the records, current and former employees familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

Apparently, Bonaventura’s motive for sweeping this incident under the rug was, at least in some part, based on a desire to avoid yet another scandal for the Las Vegas Constable’s office, which at that point had already been abolished in a vote (which Bonaventura was attempting to contest at the time) by County Commissioners, as a result of a seemingly endless string of embarrassing and public scandals.

Bonaventura expressed concern for the future of his job, and for those of his staff.

“I don’t want no more of this infighting b—-s—-,” Bonaventura said. “We got too much at stake here. All of our jobs are on the line. Don’t you guys realize every one of our jobs are on the line?”

Bonaventura’s orders were followed and his men shredded the records, current and former employees familiar with the matter told the newspaper.

In the year since the shredding, Lauer has remained on the job. He is one of about two dozen sworn law enforcement officers in the Constable’s Office, which handles evictions and serves court papers.

This cover up shows the typical bias against accountability for law enforcement employees that is so prevalent throughout police departments across the nation and especially in Las Vegas. Further, it is a somewhat rare public glimpse into the aggressive nature with which police departments in the Las Vegas area don’t just look the other way, but actively work to ensure that their officers are never held accountable for their actions.

The improper use of the Accurint database by Lauer is, in and of itself, an illegal act that numerous cops across the country have been disciplined for committing (although usually not criminally, because laws obviously don’t apply to them). It has also become a huge potential invasion of the right to privacy with the ever increasing trend toward the collection of personal information by police and governmental agencies spurred by and justified with the September 11th terrorist attacks.

In fact, according to “Police Chief Magazine”:

Historically, officers have accessed police databases for myriad improper purposes, ranging from running the vehicle registration of an attractive motorist to seeking names and information in connection with a private investigation business.

Questions should be asked about why there aren’t better safeguards preventing unauthorized use of such a system. That is especially true in light of the growing number of reports of sexual misconduct among police officers, including those working in Las Vegas. Furthermore, the potential for the compromising of legitimate investigations and Las Vegas’ own rather long history of that type of corruption should make this type of cover-up a serious matter, worthy of its own investigation.

This shiny badge couldn't be more tarnished.
This shiny badge couldn’t be more tarnished.

The Las Vegas Constable’s Office: Corruption Defined

Of course, nobody in Las Vegas will be terribly surprised when hearing about corruption by local politicians, particularly when they are related to law enforcement. The completely nonexistent and shameful historic lack of accountability, including the recent rewarding of Jesus Arevalo, who was “fired” for murdering Stanley Gibson, with $30,000 a year in disability payments (because he is stressed out over being called a murderer after he murdered someone), has been covered pretty extensively, both here at and in the local corporate  media.

However, even in a city where cover ups, intimidation of, and retaliation against critics of the police are commonplace, Bonaventura’s Constables office has managed to outshine all of them. One of the many scandals involved a failed bid to sell a reality TV show based on their daily routines. The video, which Bonaventura proudly posted on his personal web page, was not as well received by state and county politicians, who oversee the Constables. Among other things, it featured deputies employed by the Constable’s Office cursing, pulling over and arresting motorists (technically they are allowed to do so, but it isn’t actually part of their job), and acting unprofessional, in general.

In an even worse example of the type of misconduct that has come to signify Las Vegas area police departments, Deputy Luis Rendon is being investigated for sexual harassment and animal cruelty. Rendon is accused of stalking and making unwanted sexual advances toward an 18 year old woman over the course of two months. When those attempts were rebuffed, he responded by shooting her dog. Deputy Rendon was hired in spite of several previous incidents in his background, which has been an ongoing point of criticism, along with questions about whether they are being trained properly, during Bonaventura’s term.

Of course, Constable Bonaventura has his own laundry list of incidents and controversies since taking office in 2010. This includes allegations of sexual harassment against a female deputy, demanding that deputies lie to County Commissioners about the reality TV video and then retaliating against them when they refused (which resulted in a $415,000 taxpayer funded settlement), turf wars over jurisdiction involving constables from nearby cities (in the process, he deputized two lawyers in order to avoid paying their fees after the County refused the bill), demanding kickbacks from deputies’ pay, and was himself arrested for DUI while driving home from his office. (District Attorney Steve Wolfson displayed his own well earned reputation of never holding public officials accountable by announcing he wouldn’t prosecute the case.)

Not surprisingly after all of that, Clark County Commissioners voted in March of 2013 to simply eliminate the Las Vegas Constable’s office, effective January 2015, once Bonaventura’s current term runs out. Bonaventura attempted an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn the vote and then tried to run for a seat on the County Commission (which failed miserably during the primaries and resulted in a fraud investigation involving donations from none other than Dean Lauer, who’s illegal searches he covered-up). Even the pending dissolution of the LV Constable’s office hasn’t actually ended the constant stream of scandals, which for some reason have begun to revolve around secretly taped meetings between Boneventura and other elected officials.

Besides the one involving Bonaventura’s orders to destroy evidence of the illegal data searches, there are actually two other recorded conversations that have surfaced recently that are at best embarrassing and possibly criminal. In one, which resulted in a raid by the LVMPD on the Las Vegas Constable’s offices, Bonaventura can be heard in a phone conversation with Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins (who has his own extensive history of improprieties) in which Collins insults other commissioners and accuses several of them of being puppets controlled by Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak. In another, Bonaventura himself can be heard badmouthing Sisolak and discussing his desire to spend all of the money ($3.9 million) budgeted to the Constable’s office prior to it’s closing in retaliation for the vote.

The Las Vegas Constables office has a long and sordid history of corruption that predates even Bonaventura’s antics. It’s not likely that the constables will be missed and the fact that they could simply be voted out of existence during a time when Las Vegas leads the nation in foreclosures raises questions about whether they were needed in the first place or if it was just yet another unnecessary waste of money. However, the biggest potential drawback to the abolition of the Las Vegas Constable’s office is the fact that the LVMPD will be taking over their duties.

Outside of the slight increase in power and influence that it will give Metro, current Las Vegas Sheriff Doug Gillespie is already using it as an excuse to push for more funding and an increase in personnel within the department. In terms of potential effects on the residents of Las Vegas, having more “opportunities” to come into contact with members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can be by itself a dangerous proposition. Constable Bonaventura’s corruption and lack of control over his employees are wasteful and embarrassing, but an encounter with Las Vegas police can be deadly and they have absolutely no reason to believe that they won’t get away with it, based on Metro’s history of accountability or more accurately, the lack thereof.

John Bonaventura, the Most Corrupt Man in Las Vegas
John Bonaventura, the Most Corrupt Man in Las Vegas!!!


  1. This is a beautifully written and documented piece. If all Cop Block articles and comments observed this level of consideration, it would be a profoundly more powerful movement than the angry mob it often reveals itself to be.

    1. Author

      I certainly appreciate it and I unfortunately can’t disagree about some of the people that comment on things. However, there are several very good writers within Cop Block and we are far from an angry mob. We’re just regular people that don’t appreciate people within our communities being abused and the all too prevalent lack of accountable that often accompanies it.

  2. People actually pay him to do this stuff? Oh yeah, they’re forced to. We can see what happens when you don’t pay the mob their money like the guy who got choked and brutalized to death for daring to engage in a voluntary exchange without giving the mob the demanded cut of the action.

    Great investigation and reporting in this article.

    1. hayhay thx for your thoughts. i do my best to provide the things i learn in school. so much is ignored today if only to be politically correct and give a huge room for doubt only to police officers

      1. fraud: So….you’re “Kelly Patterson”? hmmm. So I guess that’s where you work as special,counsel? Hmmmm.

        1. and if i am? nothing you could do to prevent my work. or me spreading the laws and i do not have the ability to have you deputized as to protect you from your statements. you have pretended your self into a corner and should be concerned about those who really are cops and may be capable of tracing you using a program like Neotrace and isolating your home. of course your not concerned as i dont know what i am talking about and everything i have posted are lies, so you are completely safe from federal charges of impersonating a police officer …….right? right? …. right?

          1. Federal charges? You’re stupid.

          2. me no and neither will T think so as he is being taken away… do you really think claiming to be a LEO when you are not is a good idea?” what is stupid is getting on a site that is run by activists and leaving your ip in comments that he is a cop when he clearly is not and expecting nobody to do anything about it.. oohh never mind i am stupid LOL

          3. fraud/liar: Still not worried. And yes….you are stupid.

          4. BM has a few nuts loose….

          5. Its like taking “retard” to a new level, if you think that’s a federal charge.

            Good luck with the IP trace stupid.

          6. Section 4906 (relating to false reports to law enforcement authorities) if the fictitious … a public servant) if the person is impersonating a law enforcement officer. … If the offense which resulted in the prohibition under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)( 9)

            18 U.S. Code § 912Whoever falsely assumes or pretends to be an officer or employee acting
            under the authority of the United States or any department, agency or
            officer thereof, and acts as such, or in such pretended character
            demands or obtains any money, paper, document, or thing of value, shall
            be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or

          7. Wow, you’ve completely nutty…

            I’m with t, I wouldn’t be worried in the least.

          8. yaa well your right the cops have children playing in the park to worry about rather then anything that could be a real problem so your safe…

          9. Oh nice one! The whole “misdirected police attention” angle.
            Always a class favorite.


            I think it requires a touch more than explaining the ratio of police to citizens. Also, its apparently a “federal officer” one must impersonate that goes beyond playing pretend.

            ….enjoy that taste in your mouth? Nope, know why? I just knock it out of you.

          11. so download encase 6.0 yourself and see what the police really use then it really is a thrill exposing you guys but really a waist of time. all you do is pull attention to the facts and anyone that can think for themselves has not once sided with the silly answers your tiny group has come up with, nothing that can be looked up

          12. so you need to put another ad for bloggers that can get paid , if you do keep me in mind if the pay is anything worth it.. mind you i dont work for a six pack and a half a pack of cigs it would be a waist of time

          13. Trust us guy…’ve shown over and over…..that you don’t know….anything

          14. I trust you “guys” as far as I can throw a Twinkie underwater…..

          15. fraud/liar: Yes. I am completely safe. I’ve likely worked with all of those that you think might be coming.

            Guy….I don’t want to prevent you from doing anything. I’d like you to stop spreading stupidity that does nothing but get people into trouble.

            I will admit that it is fantastically funny that you outed yourself as being nothing that you’ve claimed.

    2. Rad my comment was concerning yours on a different page but is still my intent to say thank you.. If this was confused I’m sorry

  3. its nice to know communications reveal the person that logs in and the changes they make and when into these data bases. even the old data is stored and can be used even after the current version is overwritten. this is a vary good tool for both police that would fight corruption and persons a victim of corruption as well..

  4. re: the 2 LV cops shot by police informants. wonder if we’ll ever know the complete story ?

  5. Accurint is a private company and can be used by anyone who wants to fork out the money. Its just a public records data base.

    I don’t think it would be a criminal violation, perhaps an internal one I assume. Either way, sounds like they will disband the agency anyway.

    1. Author

      That might be the case in practice (I have little doubt it is when someone violating the law is being “investigated” by one of their buddies), but it’s not the legal reality:

      “Federal law, in conjunction with your user agreement with LexisNexis®, requires you to have a permissible use in order to view personal information. The applicable laws governing these uses are the Drivers’ Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and related state laws and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). If you do not have a permissible use, you will not be given access to the personal information.

      In addition to complying with these privacy acts, you should understand that, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C. sec 1681), the data provided to you by using the LexisNexis® products may not be used as a factor in establishing a consumer’s eligibility for credit, insurance, employment or other purposes by that act.

      There are criminal fines and civil liabilities for knowingly violating the provisions and restrictions of these acts.”

    2. Wrong answer, Perry Mason. It has nothing to do with Accurint being a private DB, versus NCIC, etc. It has everything to do with a county employee using a taxpayer funded subscription to Accurint to further his perversions. I don’t live in Vegas, but if I did, I wouldn’t want this douche filling his spank bank on my dime.

      1. Like I said, not a criminal violation, but an internal one. Just like someone working for a collections agency doing the same thing.

  6. Good jlob Kelly.. I am sorry that those desperate has again mistaken who I am and I don’t wish to take credit for this amount of research and well written story… Please accept that I am impressed and hope you continue your efforts to inform the public where so many have failed

    1. fraud/liar: hmmmm. Interesting. Earlier (above) you tell RAD thanks for his reaction to the article and then you continue on about how yu like to spread what you learn in school around. Now he didn’t bring YOU up. He was thanking the author. But now…here…you are thanking the author like it’s not you.

      Hmmm. Does the term “shitty mouth”? Either way you play it out….you are still the liar.

      1. Well that should keep you busy.. Like a cat tangled in a ball of yarn.. The conversation carried from a different page.. But I won’t take credit for someone else’s work… But if you wish to worry about it I won’t stop you.. As the author has some deep reach to fully expose what he discovered. But no I am not him. As for any claims I make .. Well my professor thinks I am a unruly jerk as well but does not prevent or restrict my interpretations either. The only one so far silly to argue them out of a class of 74, is you and your not in any of my classes.. Oh no wait. Maybe you are and this is the only way you can strike back being made a fool of in class.. Hmm about 6 that it could be. Don’t matter you lost in class you will continue to here.. On second thought I can’t think of a debate you have posed.. So no your not in my class either.. Just a drunk I expect.. Well you think what you wish

        1. fraud/liar: Guy…you are clearly in a class all by yourself.

          Dude….I just think it’s funny. I don’t care who or what you are. I really do wish that you would stop with the nonsense.
          Again…the truth is quite clear. The info and advice that myself and 31 and Common Sense give on this site is clearly meant to limit police interaction and keep people out if trouble. You on the ore hand….do the opposite. You want people calling attorneys in ither states filing false reports and trying to draw arrest warrants against officers for made up crimes. You want them to spend money and expose themselves to nasty counter suits.

          I just think that it’s funny that you outed yourself and sad that you are violent and a liar.

          1. State filing a counter suit on a civil violation??? What a chance idea.. How does that work?? Can you show me a single case the state has ever filed against a person in the form of a counter suit concerning a civil suit? How does the state claim a person violated the states rights?

          2. fraud/liar: For a student and someone who claims to appear in federal,court routinely as “special counsel”….I shouldn’t have to educate you. Just read up on “defamation”.
            Note….I said nothing about the the “state” counter suing…although they could. I’m talking about individual officers suing. It’s really not that hard. It’s a simple preponderance standard. I’ve won 3 times and likely would have won every time if I had tried more than those 3. Dude….I didn’t come up with the idea. I heard about officers doing it elsewhere and winning. It’s not about the money….it’s about the point and a way to protect our records for the future. See…now, if you sue me and get my personnel file and try to use those complaints against me…not only did IA say that I did nothing wrong….the court has now said the same thing. Did you not see the article last week about Kansas passing a law making it a felony to file a false complaint. Your lying ways are coming to and end sir.

          3. wheres the case? just more imagination you drink too much

          4. so what your saying is when a valid question of the law and is accepted as such by the court a police officer can sue the court for allowing the question as well as the plaintiff.. amazing

          5. fraud/liar:
            Guy….I don’t speak drug addict.

            I’ve read every comment under this sub thread and I have no idea what you are even trying to say with:
            “so what your saying is when a valid question of the law and is accepted as such by the court a police officer can sue the court for allowing the question as well as the plaintiff….amazing”. Wow if that isn’t stupid at a record high level.
            I write about officers suing people who file false complaints against them (remember….we record almost everything) and the relative ease it is to win a defamation/libel/slander case against them i write about it being made into a felony in Kansas to file a false complaint. I write about how one of your fictional Texas attorneys who said they would file a charge against an officer for you….from over the phone….and you come back with that mess? Wow guy….step away from the pipe.

            Oh BTW… mention of 18usc35…..did you not read the part where the US can sue the false complaint? Tool.

          6. What do you speak in then? Or read? You change topics and subjects to pretend an argument..oh I see you speak Obama right.. You 2 would get along just fine

          7. BM is so far out in left field on this one its comical.

          8. did you see or know of 18usc35 that says the same about any person? just because it is passed by legislation does not make it law it just means in a vary narrow scope it can be used constitutionally otherwise it not valid..

          9. Did you even read the title? It deals with (basically) hoax bomb threats or even mis-placarding containers in matters of transportation, nothing else.
            Because its a section of a chapter of a title, doesn’t me that that fragment of the section it applies to each and every title.

          10. don’t worry other people with reading comprehension will find it just is easy and don’t have to worry about whatever it is you found because it has no bearing

          11. Whatever you gotta tell yourself sport.

  7. More Kelly Patterson BS. Patterson’s criminal record is a mile long.

    1. Really douchebag? You’rfe going to call BS on somebody? 2-faced pile of shit, slaps. Unless you really are a probation officer. Are you, slaps? Are you a probation officer in Sa n Diego as you’ve claimed multiple times? Along with claims of accessng peoples drivers licenses, supposed criminal records, etc. Come on, slaps, straighten us out.

      1. Oh look, it’s the Las Vegas showgirl. Which city are you living in this week? Las Vegas? Silicon Valley? Burbank? You and Patterson seem the same. Full of bullshit and ridiculous rantings. What do you think? Oh wait, no one can believe what you think or say.

        How’s the weather in Las Vegas? Are you still “working out” at the local gym?

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