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UPDATE: Councilman Ricki Barlow resigns, pleads guilty to fraud

Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow speaks during the dedication of the rehabilitated historic Westside School Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. A lawyer for Barlow says the FBI is investigating the councilor's campaign contributions. [Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau file photo]

UPDATE on Jan 22: Barlow has resigned effective at 5 p.m. on Monday. He has also pled guilty to a felony charge involving his campaign contributions. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

ORIGINAL STORY:

The FBI is investigating Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow.

In a statement to News 3, the City of Las Vegas confirmed that it recently received a records request from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The so-called “Preservation Letter” directs the city to preserve emails and documents that sources say are part of a lengthy investigation of Barlow.

Those same sources say the focus of the investigation is on money and campaign contributions received by Barlow. For its part, the city tells News 3 that it is “cooperating fully,” but that “the city is unable to elaborate on the details of the request.”

Communications Director David Riggleman confirmed the city has received a records request from the FBI.

Last week, the FBI raided Barlow's home, seizing a computer and interviewing the councilman. Barlow has not responded to a request for comment.

Preservation letters are often used by investigators to prevent potential evidence from vanishing or being destroyed in advance of an indictment or charges of criminal wrongdoing.


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