The owner of a domestic violence counseling office is behind bars tonight. Police say he submitted false attendance records to the courts. News 3's Marissa Mike discovered the investigation into how long he's been doing this is far from over.
HENDERSON, Nev. -- The owner of a Henderson counseling business was arrested last week accused of a scam that provided false attendance records to courts for those ordered to seek domestic violence counseling.
Dana C. Brown, 51, of Las Vegas, was booked into the Henderson Detention Center last Wednesday on three counts of forgery and three counts of offering false instrument for filing or record, both felonies. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail and his next court appearance in Justice Court is scheduled for Thursday.
He is accused of taking money in exchange for filing, with the various courts, false attendance records for court-ordered domestic violence counseling sessions. Brown is the owner of Diagnosticare, a counseling service on the list of certified providers with area courts.
Henderson Police conducted an undercover investigation of Brown and Diagnosticare after the allegations were first brought to the police department in April. Detectives were told that Brown allowed those convicted of domestic battery and ordered to seek counseling to skip classes while he provided records to the courts that the offender had not missed any sessions.
An investigation into the allegations led to additional allegations of those ordered to domestic violence counseling paying for the sessions in cash, not attending, but Diagnosticare reporting the person did not miss any sessions.
In August, a Henderson Police undercover detective contacted Brown stating that he was required to complete court-ordered domestic violence counseling. Brown encouraged the undercover detective who attended the court-ordered class that he should pay for all the sessions at once. The detective paid $200 in cash and attended one session.
The next day, the detective called Brown letting him know he had the rest of the payment for the classes, $630. Brown met with the detective to collect the rest of the money. The detective said he might miss classes as his job had him travelling out of state. The detective paid the money and gave Brown an extra $100 saying it was a tip.
Brown then told the detective that he no longer had to go to the classes, but to stay out of trouble. Brown said if the detective was arrested again, the court would find out he wasn’t attending the classes.
Over the next two months, attendance records sent to Henderson Municipal Court indicated that the undercover detective had attended nine sessions and had no absences even though the detective only attended one session.
A quick search on the secretary of state's website shows Dana Brown owns the Diagnosticare Counseling office.
It's been in business since 2007. Police say brown would take money in exchange for giving credit to abusers who were not attending mandatory counseling sessions.