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Former GSA official takes plea in fraud case

The repercussions from the General Services Administration 2010 Las Vegas convention scandal continue, with a plea bargain from one former administrator who had been indicted on a fraud charge. The lavish conference, which generated expenses greater than $800,000, led to the resignation of the head of the agency in 2012.

Numerous other top-level officials within the GSA were punished as a result of the scandal and the agency was tarnished by the allegations of out-of-control spending during the recession. The official who pled guilty to a charge of requesting reimbursement for a nights stay in a Vegas resort that had nothing to do with any work related activities. He also admitted to other abuses of his position and false claims during his time at the GSA.

Two other officials who were fired by the GSA eventually were able to have their terminations reversed by the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB), which ruled they were wrongfully fired by the agency.

With any high-profile scandal with a federal agency, such as the IRS alleged targeting of some political organizations or the Veterans Affairs hospital scheduling scandal, it is important for innocent federal workers to be on alert for politically motivated witch-hunts, as Congress and others within their own agency may look for political cover by finding scapegoats.

These types of allegations can destroy your chances for advancement for your career and in the worst case, could lead to your termination. It is important in these cases to have experienced legal advice from an attorney intimately familiar with the machinations of the federal civil service laws and regulations, and who can protect your job and your career.

Federalnewsradio.com, "Guilty plea from former GSA official Jeff Neely," Emily Kopp, April 1, 2015

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