November 28, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno businessman has been convicted of defrauding the U.S. government out of $200,000 that was supposed to have been spent on charities.
A federal jury deliberated for about two hours Monday afternoon before finding Michael Stickler guilty of a single count of theft of government property.
Stickler shook his head slightly but otherwise showed no emotion when the clerk read the verdict.
U.S. District Judge Miranda Du set sentencing for June 30 and agreed to allow Stickler to remain free until that time. He faces a maximum up to 10 years in prison but his lawyer said he's likely looking at closer to two to three years.
Stickler obtained the money with a grant through the government's faith-based initiative. He blamed his bookkeeper for the missing funds.