The Man Behind the Taxpayer Funded $830,000 Las Vegas Getaway
Bert Atkinson Jr. | On 17, Apr 2012
As if the government didn’t already waste enough money.
U.S. General Services Administration regional commissioner, Jeffrey Neely, invoked his 5th Amendment right to stay silent and not comment on the exorbitant $822,751 conference in 2010 in a hearing by the House Oversight Committee. Inspector General Brian Miller, investigating possible bribery and kickbacks, has recommended criminal charges to the Justice Department.
Neely’s 8 pre-conference trips cost the government $130,000, and the rest was spent on a training exercise involving bicycles ($75,000), souvenir yearbooks ($8,000), catering ($30,000 for 3 days), and many other services and items such as the wine and bubble bath Neely has been pictured with. To top it off, Neely received a $9,000 bonus…after GSA Administrator Martha Johnson had already learned of the conference and its cost.
In response, the GSA has demanded that Neely pay back some of the money used for parties held the Las Vegas conference. Neely had previously said that the $2,717 party he threw in a suite was an employee awards event: “This is an award recognition ceremony. That’s what this was. That’s…not a Neely party right. I actually…it was in a suite that wasn’t even mine.” The investigator confronted Neely about emails stating that Neely and his wife “are hosting a party in our loft room. There will be wine and beer and some munchies…” The email had no mention of awards.
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