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November 26, 2014

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Man accused of filing false records to courts for cash

The owner of a Henderson counseling business was arrested for allegedly filing false attendance records to courts in exchange for money from people ordered to get domestic-violence counseling, police said.

Diagnosticare owner Dana C. Brown, 51, was booked into the Henderson Detention Center on Nov. 7 on felony counts of forgery and offering false instrument for filing or record, Henderson Police said.

Police were made aware of the allegations in April, Henderson Police spokesman Keith Paul said.

Police were told that Brown was allegedly allowing people convicted of domestic battery to skip court-mandated classes, while reporting to courts that the offender had not missed any sessions, he said.

Paul said investigation revealed that Brown had the offenders pay in cash for his services.

Paul said detectives conducted an undercover investigation in August in which a detective posed as a domestic violence offender court-ordered to seek counseling. The detective paid for his entire session of classes in cash, and then offered a $100 tip, telling Brown he might have to miss some classes, Paul said.

Brown told the detective he didn’t have to attend classes but needed to stay out of trouble, Paul said.

The detective stopped going to classes during the next two months, but the court records Brown filed indicated the detective never missed a class, police said.

Brown was being held on $50,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in Justice Court on Thursday.

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