Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull was not present during the hearing, but did provide comment later in the day.
“The investigation revealed [Ward] was in possession of some credit cards that did not belong to her. Based on that type of offense, we wanted to ensure she was convicted of a felony, and she was a convicted felon and that she has a lengthy period of court supervision,” Mull said, adding that the time Ward spent in jail after her arrest was a factor while drafting her plea agreement.
He said while it was important to see that Ward was convicted for her crimes, it appears she was involved in an operation that consisted of higher-ranking offenders.
“[Ward’s] explanation was she was given these [credit cards] by one set of people and requested to transport them to another set of people,” he said.
Mull said it is not uncommon for a criminal network to provide a low-level participant with false identification while carrying out this type of crime.
“It can be an indication of a greater degree of involvement, but not necessarily,” Mull said of Ward’s possession of the fraudulent driver’s license matching the name on the 30 credit cards.
Mull said he believes Ward was passing through Clark County at the time of her arrest, and did not have the intent of committing a crime related to the credit cards in the area.
Mull declined to be too specific as to protect the ongoing investigation, and said law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate the criminal network, with which Ward may have been involved.
“Any time there is an investigation of this sort, the intent is always to work our way upwards and to reach the people most responsible,” Mull said. “It [an investigation] is being followed up with other investigative agencies.”