Harvey Whittemore facing embezzlement charges

RENO, Nev. (AP, KRNV & - A lawsuit is filed against a well-known Nevada lobbyist on claims of embezzlement. On Friday, a former business partners of Harvey Whittemore, a businessman and lawyer, filed a civil lawsuit claiming he embezzled millions of dollars from the Wingfield Company they ran together.

In its lawsuit filed Friday in Clark County District Court, the Wingfield Nevada Group Holding Co. claims Whittemore used tens of millions of dollars to support an extravagant lifestyle, including $200,000 for his daughter's wedding, $2.1 million in private jet flights and an unauthorized salary topping $900,000.

The holding group is now controlled by brothers Thomas and Albert Seeno, who partnered with Whittemore in his master-planned communities, including Coyote Springs in southern Nevada and Wingfield Springs in northern Nevada.

The suit also names Whittemore's wife, Annette, as a defendant.

The Whittemores said the allegations are false and they'll take "all steps necessary to preserve" their reputation.

The suit demands that Whittemore return the millions of dollars he allegedly stole. Plus, compensatory and punitive damages along with court fees.