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I-Team: Police Remain Silent on Casino Counseling Case
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LAS VEGAS -- It was a controversial counseling program used by casinos to root out petty crooks, make them waive rights to an attorney and pay up on the spot. But Las Vegas police continues to target U.S. Justice Associates for what court documents call "extortion."

Wednesday, Justice Associates was in court to learn more about those searches and find out what will happen next.

Metro has not charged anyone, despite two raids and months of investigation. Now the fight turned to court to learn Metro's playbook and if any casinos are now involved.

Attorney Robert Draskovich and USJA owner Steven Brox lost their argument to a judge Wednesday morning. They wanted the court to unseal documents detailing what happened during the most recent raid at a Downtown Las Vegas office and why Metro was interested.

Metro began investigating last year after witnesses came forward to blow the whistle on the casino counseling service. In filings, Metro says the pressure tactics of the program and video were potential extortion. Metro was worried about the tone of a video shown to alleged casino lawbreakers and the demands of $500 on the spot for the counseling program.

There had been talk in the recent filing of witness tampering, but Draskovich says the silence on the case is confusing. "It is, especially given this is such a simple, straightforward case. It's not a complex investigation. Either a crime was committed or it wasn't," he said.

Brox is currently under investigation for an unrelated crime -- felony sexual assault. That trial begins next month and may overshadow USJA case. Draskovich and USJA simply want some sort of answer.

The program is no longer operating in casinos and has effectively been shut down. No criminal charges have been filed yet.

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