DAYTON, Nev. (AP) - Lyon County's former public administrator will plead later this month to a charge of stealing from the estate of a deceased person, his lawyer said.
Jason McLean, 35, will plead to one felony count of embezzlement
in exchange for the dismissal of three other counts, defense attorney Ken Ward said.
McLean is alleged to have taken more than $16,000 from three different estates last year.
According to the criminal complaint, McLean used the money to buy such things as a travel trailer and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
McLean was elected county administrator in November 2006 but
vacated the office in February.
The position oversees distribution of money and property of a deceased person if an heir is not immediately apparent.
McLean waived his preliminary hearing Thursday in Dayton Justice
Court in preparation for an April plea in district court.
District Attorney Bob Auer said McLean would be responsible for
restitution, and the plea agreement doesn't preclude the prosecutor
from seeking prison time for him.
"I hope this provides some confidence to people that when public officials abuse their trust, we are going to try to stop them and do something about it," Auer said.
Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com
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