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February 2015 trial set for quintuplets’ father accused of fraud

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Julie Jacobson

Deon Derrico speaks about the birth of his quintuplets during a news conference, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, following their births two weeks earlier in Phoenix.

A North Las Vegas father famous for fathering quintuplets and his alleged accomplice face trial in early 2015 on multiple counts alleging they defrauded property owners for almost a year, the Nevada Attorney General's office announced Tuesday.

Starting in June 2012, state prosecutors say, Deon Derrico, 43, who achieved national attention for fathering quintuplets in 2013, and Olujuwon Bryant, 23, forged documents to seize control of properties and collect rent from the unsuspecting tenants. At one point, the two forged the signature of a North Las Vegas resident that had been dead for two years, prosecutors contend.

In all, Derrico and Bryant are charged with 13 felonies and three gross misdemeanors in Clark County District Court. The charges include theft of over $3,500, false representation concerning title, pattern of false representation concerning title, multiple transactions involving fraud and deceit and notarization of a person's signature not in the presence of a notary.

The case against the two was bound over to District Court after a June 20 preliminary hearing in North Las Vegas Justice Court.

Both men are free on personal recognizance bonds.

Trial is scheduled for Feb 17, 2015.

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