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Updated: 11/01/2012 6:14 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Family court Judge Steven Jones surrendered to federal authorities today to face fraud and money laundering charges.

He and five others have been indicted in an elaborate investment scheme.

Federal investigators say the group managed to steal more than $3 million from their victims.

News 3's Mackenzie Warren was at the Federal Courthouse after Judge Jones entered his plea and was leaving the building.

It was a total role reversal to watch a sitting judge be walked into a courtroom in shackles and handcuffs. Judge Steven jones said nothing--except for his plea of not guilty.

Cameras are not allowed inside the Federal Courthouse--but News 3 was there waiting as Judge Jones and his attorney left the building. Jones let his lawyer: Robert Draskavich do the talking.

“Judge Steve Jones has been indicted--however an indictment is not evidence of crime it's merely a charging document,” Draskavich said.

This is video we shot yesterday at Stevens’ Henderson home as federal agents combed through his belongings looking for any evidence.

U.S. attorneys believe Jones and his co-defendants took money from victims as investment, they never intended to pay back.

Officials also say Jones used his own chambers to field calls and collected cash at the courthouse.

Because of his role in the community Judge Jones was not detained like some of his other co-defendants and as of now Jones is still a sitting judge.

However, the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission is looking into possible suspension.

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