Judge caught with his hands in the cookie jar
By Sunny Day
Las Vegas Tribune
On December 22, 2019, Veterans in Politics International and its president, Steve Sanson, filed a formal complaint with the Nevada Commission on Ethics against Clark County District Court Judge (Family Division) Matthew Harter, who committed Bankruptcy Fraud.
On December 22, 2015, Judge Matthew Harter filed, under penalty of perjury, with the Bankruptcy Court Official Form 122A-1, which discloses the debtor’s monthly income of $0, which is odd because Harter was working as a Family Court Judge back in 2015 and presumably receiving a salary.
Apparently, Judge Harter falsely declared $0 income in order to appear sufficiently “broke” to have the standing to qualify as a legit debtor under the Bankruptcy Code.
According to Transparent Nevada, back in 2015, Judge Harter received an annual salary of $185,440.74 (plus benefits of $56,419.61, for a total of $241,860.35.
On January 23, 2016, just one month after filing bankruptcy, Judge Harter took title to a single-family home at 575 Gann Ave. Langdale, Nevada. This single-family home was quitclaimed to Judge Harter from Michael L. Bolton. The grantor, Mr. Bolton had taken out a non-assumable V.A. mortgage loan just months before he quitclaimed the property to Judge Harter.
Judge Matthew Harter never disclosed in his bankruptcy case this $300,000 asset.
Apparently, Mr. Bolton also defrauded the Veteran’s Administration because this type of loan requires that borrowers reside in the home. Judge Harter and his wife do reside in the home, for which Judge Harter recorded the deed of this home on May 6, 2016.
Based on facts of public domain, Judge Harter defrauded the Bankruptcy Court when he wrongfully submitted a fraudulent income statement and wrongfully failed to disclose that he had come into possession of a home in Langdale, Nevada, and conspired with Michael L. Bolton to commit mortgage fraud in connection with the V.A. home loan.
Judge Mathew Harter violated the Nevada Code of Judicial Conduct, Canon 1, which provides that, “A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”
Judge Harter does not uphold the integrity of the judiciary. It appears that he has committed bankruptcy fraud, perjury, and allegedly, mortgage fraud.
Litigants that have the misfortune to appear before Judge Mathew Harter, especially women, find themselves completely lost when without any explanation he dismisses the case without even considering the child support for minor children, sending mothers to Child Support Division on Flamingo Road.
A Las Vegas criminal defense attorney was suspended from the practice of law for the same modus operandi of mortgage fraud, which makes others wonder why the judge continues to remain seated on the bench after committing the exact criminal behavior of the above-mentioned criminal defense attorney.