Former U.S. official indicted over lavish Las Vegas conference

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Posted: Sep 26, 2014 11:12 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal grand jury has indicted a former official who headed the federal General Services Administration unit that came under fire for holding a lavish Las Vegas conference in 2010.

The San Francisco grand jury charged Jeffrey Neely, 59, on Thursday with filing false expense reports claiming he was traveling on official business, using a false document and lying to the GSA's inspector general.

Neely headed the GSA unit that administered public buildings on the West Coast and in the Pacific. In 2012, a report by the GSA inspector general criticized spending on the Las Vegas conference, which cost the government $820,000 and breached federal laws and policies.

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The public outcry over the conference prompted the ouster of the agency's chief in 2012 and a management shakeup. Two of the counts against Neely relate to the Las Vegas conference.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)