A former Las Vegas businessman under investigation for money laundering reportedly told undercover FBI agents he wanted to take revenge on an ex-federal prosecutor by having him beaten and "put in a wheelchair" or by cutting off his hand.
The plot to harm Las Vegas attorney Paul Padda surfaced last year during an undercover investigation of businessman Emilie Bouari, who was being sued for defamation by Padda because of comments made about the former prosecutor on a consumer review website.
Agents posing as crime syndicate members involved in drug trafficking and prostitution had approached Bouari, 45, in relation to a money-laundering scheme, accord to federal court papers.
Bouari, who has run weight loss clinics in Las Vegas and elsewhere, told the agents he wanted Padda hurt to discourage him from pursuing the defamation suit, the government alleges. He also told the agents he knew people in Lebanon who could come to Las Vegas and cut off Padda's hand.