Nevada County Commissioner charged a fee for using CARES Act money for personal expenses

The Nevada County Commissioner has been accused of turning the foundations of the CARES Act into personal expenses.

Leo Blundo (R) Nye County Commissioner turned away on Thursday after authorities charged him with a vote on financial aid programs under the CARES Act while benefiting financially from them, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on Thursday.

According to county authorities, Blundo, 36, was arrested on charges of misconduct by a civil servant, attempted misconduct by a civil servant, illegal assignments, personal gain, and damages by a civil servant, among other offenses.

Sharon Wehrly, the sheriff of Nye County, issued a statement saying the allegations stem from a complaint that Blundo “was involved in decisions that provided him with personal, property, financial gain.”

Authorities said the investigation found Blundo voted on the policy of the CARES Act at five separate sessions in August.

The federal bill provided financial assistance to those in need affected by the COVID-19 epidemic.

Blundo’s policy has voted to provide assistance during the pandemic to those in need of personal rent, business rent, business loss and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“During this time, Commissioner Blundo has received more than $ 10,000 in CARES funds to pay her personal rent and has applied for funding for her business that she has not yet received,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Blundo issued a statement Thursday afternoon through spokeswoman Lisa Mayo-DeRiso, saying she was outraged and shocked by the “baseless accusations” against her.

“What I did was not criminal in nature and would be best dealt with under Nevada’s ethics laws and NRS281A (state government ethics laws),” Blundo said. “I will defend myself enthusiastically on this matter.”

The sheriff’s office remarked at one of the meetings that Blundo said he had “no pecuniary benefit from the agenda item” but added that he had already received support and the rest of the applications were pending.

Nevada state laws do not allow county commissioners to vote on agenda items that have a personal interest or financial gain, the Review-Journal wrote.

Blundo was elected in 2018 to the 4th District headquarters.