Reno Mayor Hilary Shshev filed a civil suit Thursday against a private investigator who “secretly installed a sophisticated GPS tracking device” on her personal vehicle.
Similar devices are believed to be in the vehicles of “other prominent members of the community,” according to the lawsuit.
This happened during the 2022 general elections. Schieve ran for re-election against George “Eddie” Lorton, winning 59% to 41%.
The complaint names David McNally and his private investigative firm 5 Alpha Industries.
“By pursuing her, the defendants exposed Schieve to an unreasonable and unreasonable risk of harassment, stalking, and bodily harm,” the lawsuit states. He added: “Shiv’s surveillance and monitoring caused her as much fear and anxiety as any reasonable person would.
The tracker was discovered by chance when a mechanic noticed him working on a Chevy vehicle.
“I was shocked when I heard about it,” Schieve said in a phone call with RGJ. “This kind of invasion of privacy is incredibly shocking because I don’t know what the purpose of this information is. I mean, does someone want to kill me? I do not know.
“It is especially worrying for women. I would never want this to happen to anyone else. I’m a single woman and we have to worry about our safety, but this takes it all to a whole new level. It keeps you up at night and you’re always looking over your shoulder and it causes severe anxiety.
When reached, RGJ said McNally had not yet heard about the lawsuit and would look into it before commenting.
The complaint says others were involved in the surveillance effort — the ones McNally hired — and those people, who are currently unidentified, are also being charged.
According to the suit, there are eight “causes of action” for placing the surveillance device, for which at least $15,000 in damages and attorney’s fees and costs are sought for each. $15,000 is the amount required by law in such filings. A judge or jury will ultimately determine the amount of damages.
Among the eight causes of action listed are violation of Sheve’s privacy protections, disclosure of personal information about her that is not in the public interest, and violation of Nevada’s “anti-doxxing” statute, which prohibits the acquisition and dissemination of personally identifiable and sensitive information about a person.
Surveillance photos showing the time and place of the shave were posted on political influencer Robert Beadles’ website under the headline “Hide’n Hillary Really Was…” This was widely circulated on social media before the election.
“We will be aggressively trying to find out who hired the private investigators and will file a complaint against them as well. We have also been told that the monitoring and surveillance is not limited to Ms. Shive, so vulnerable members of the public should check their vehicles and property for similar devices,” Shive’s attorney, Adam Hosmer Heiner, told the RGJ. They said in their statement.