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GSA Official Who Posed in Tub Gets Three Months in Prison

By    |   Thursday, 02 Jul 2015 07:13 PM

Jeffrey Neely, the former acting regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, was sentenced to three months in prison and three months' home detention for fraud, the Record-Courier in Gardnerville, Nevada, reports.

Neely organized an extravagant $823,000 employee conference in 2010. He was charged with three false claims counts and two counts of making false statements and using false documents.

He became infamous when pictures of him sitting in a tub with a wine glass went viral.

Neely pleaded guilty on March 31, and admitted that he submitted a false reimbursement claim for lodging expenses that were not part of official business.

"Mr. Neely has acknowledged he violated the special trust that was placed in him as a public servant," U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag said. "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."

Neely also is required to pay $8,000 in restitution, a $2,000 fine, and serve two years of supervised release.

Former GSA Inspector General Brian Miller, who first brought the case against Neely, told Fox News Channel's "Your World with Neil Cavuto" the case was difficult because much of Neely's activities were approved by supervisors.

"It was a horrible waste of taxpayer dollars. It was using other people's money for his own gain, and those are very difficult cases to make," he said.

The conviction was for mischarging the federal government for a room in Las Vegas during a lead-up conference and then lying to a special agent about it, Miller said.

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Jeffrey Neely, the former acting regional administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, was sentenced to three months in prison and three months' home detention for fraud, the Record-Courier in Gardnerville, Nevada, reports.
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