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GSA Party Man Pleads Guilty to Bilking Gov’t

SAN FRANCISCO - A former General Services Administration official pleaded guilty on Tuesday to submitting a false claim for lodging expenses at a Las Vegas casino that weren't related to government business.

Jeffrey Neely, 59, was the acting regional administrator for the GSA's Pacific Rim region before being indicted by a federal grand jury in September 2014.

The grand jury charged Neely with three counts of making false claims and two counts of making false statements and using false documents. He pleaded guilty to a single count of making a false claim and agreed to pay $8,000 in restitution.

Under the plea agreement, Neely admitted submitting a reimbursement claim to the GSA for lodging expenses at the M Resort Spa Casino Las Vegas that wasn't related to government business.

Neely also admitted submitting other false claims during his tenure at the GSA and failing to properly report annual leave on certain dates, the Justice Department said.

Additionally, Neely admitted to obstructing the GSA's investigation into his activities by submitting a false document and falsely certifying it as true, investigators said.

Neely faces up to five years in prison, three years' probation and fines of up to $250,000 in addition to his restitution.

He will be sentenced on June 30 by U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Hartley M.K. West prosecuted the case for the Justice Department.

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