Admitted forger faces prison sentence



A Reno woman is facing charges for operating a financial forgery lab, a felony that carries a maximum 20-year penalty.

Erika Noemi Verdusco, 40, admitted Tuesday to two felonies, including low-level possession of around 28 grams of methamphetamine.

Under an agreement, prosecutors will recommend she serve 28-72 months and another 24-60 months simultaneously.

The charges carry a possible fine of up to $100,000 and $10,000.

Verdusco was arrested after a traffic stop early on April 11 in the casino corridor. A sniff by K-9 Kratos revealed the presence of around 28 grams of methamphetamine.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies located the drugs, a printer, a laptop, four identifications, 10 credit and debt cards and blank and printed checks and the personnel information of several people.

Attorney Max Stovall sought her release on her own recognizance, saying she was involved in a personal injury case in Reno and undergoing treatment.

District Judge Tod Young denied the request, but said Stovall was welcome to file a written motion seeking his client’s release that would be addressed in a hearing.

A $15,000 warrant was issued for a man, who was sentenced for punching a woman in the face with a barbell in 2017, after he failed to arrange to pay restitution.

James Corbett McNeill, 45, was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison in July 2018, and was released on parole in August 2021 after he served the minimum 40 months, according to Nevada Department of Prisons records.

McNeill was ordered to pay more than $14,000 in restitution to the survivor of his attack, who suffered severe injuries to the face.

• A man with several drug felonies on his record received probation when he appeared in district court on Tuesday accompanied by correctional officers.

Shane Edward Bishop, 37, admitted to selling a suboxin pill while he was in custody for shoplifting from a Topsy shoe store.

“If he hadn’t committed this foolish act, he would be on probation,” attorney Martin Hart said.

Bishop said he expects to be released from prison on parole in July where he still has a 15-year sentence hanging over his head for trafficking from a Washoe County conviction. His sentence expires in March 2024.

He was on parole when he was arrested on the shoplifting charge. Two days later he was charged with felony supplying a con-trolled substance to another inmate.

“I know I can do it,” he said of attending Western Nevada Regional Drug Court. “I’ve met so many dudes in prison who have never been a part of their daughter’s life.”

Bishop received a suspended 12-30-month sentence and was ordered to start drug court when he was released from prison.


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