Keogh admits to swindling homeowners out of $23,000 |

Keogh admits to swindling homeowners out of $23,000

by Scott Murphy, Staff Writer

Former Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Geoffrey J. Keogh has reimbursed the Wildhorse Homeowners Association more than $23,000 and will likely not see any jail time, a prosecutor said Thursday.

He will plead guilty in November to felony embezzlement.

Douglas County prosecutor Dina Salvucci does not anticipate her office will seek jail time for Keogh.

“There’s not a huge appetite to see him go to prison,” she said.

Keogh, 33, was the homeowners’ association treasurer during the late 1990s. He served as a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy from May 1995 until June 1998. He later worked for the Washoe Tribe and for the attorney general’s office.

Since the charge was filed in April, Keogh was fired from his job as Pershing County undersheriff.

Keogh will appear for arraignment Nov. 19 in District Court before Judge Michael Gibbons.

Keogh waived his right to a preliminary hearing in justice court Wednesday in anticipation of the November guilty plea, Salvucci said.

Keogh paid about $23,650 in restitution prior to arranging a deal with the state, Salvucci said.

Keogh faces one to five years in prison but will likely be placed on probation, Salvucci said.

Keogh was charged with stealing more than $23,000 from the Wildhorse Homeowners Association while working as its treasurer.

He was originally charged with felony embezzlement, grand theft and felony forgery.

Keogh lives in Fernley with his wife and two young children.

Primarily using a secret bank account opened with falsified meeting records, prosecutors said Keogh bilked Wildhorse Homeowner’s Association members out of more than $23,600 during his five-year tenure as its treasurer.

Investigators have said Keogh deposited dues paid by association members into a secret account, which he used to write checks to himself for work he never did. Keogh also allegedly wrote checks to sporting goods stores and for computer equipment.

Investigators have also said the total taken by Keogh “could be much higher,” but WHOA accounting records for 1996 to 1998 do not exist.

According to a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office report, it is “unknown how those documents became missing or destroyed.”