Former federal official Jeffrey Neely sentenced for fraud |

Former federal official Jeffrey Neely sentenced for fraud

Staff Reports

A former federal official who admitted to making a false claim to the government was sentenced to three months in prison and three months of home confinement starting Aug. 14.

Gardnerville resident Jeffrey Neely, who was the former Acting Regional Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, was sentenced this week, according to a statement issued by the Department of Justice on Wednesday.

Neely, 59, served as the regional commissioner for Public Buildings Service in the Pacific Rim from June 2003 to May 2012. He served as acting regional administrator from 2009 through 2011, when photos of him in a tub holding a glass of wine went viral.

He was indicted on Sept. 25, 2014 and pleaded guilty on March 31, admitting he submitted a false reimbursement claim for lodging expenses at the M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, that he had not incurred for official business.

“Mr. Neely has acknowledged he violated the special trust that was placed in him as a public servant,” said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. “His position with the government required that he be a good steward of government funds. Instead, he has admitted he abused his position and obstructed the investigation into his wrongdoing. He is being held accountable for his decision to violate the law.”

The sentence imposed by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg also included payment of $8,000 in restitution, a $2,000 fine, and a two-year period of supervised release.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hartley M.K. West prosecuted the case with the assistance of Rosario Calderon and Trina Khadoo. The prosecution was the result of an investigation by the GSA’s Office of Inspector General.