Former State Osteopathic Board Official Jailed on Money Charge

A former deputy director of the Nevada State Board of Osteopathic Medicine remained jailed Friday on charges that he embezzled board money through forged checks and illegal credit card use, his lawyer said.

John E. Delap III, 30, appeared before a Las Vegas judge who ordered him freed without bail while awaiting March 26 preliminary on multiple charges of theft, forgery and unlawful use of public money, lawyer William Terry said.

But Delap, also known as Trey Delap, was returned to the Clark County jail pending arrangements with the state Department of Parole and Probation following his guilty plea April 2 in another embezzlement case.

Delap was sentenced to five years' probation, ordered to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings, and told to make restitution of $34,208 in that case. It stemmed from allegations he misappropriated money while serving as treasurer of Administrators in Medicine. AIM is a nonprofit organization that supports the work of state licensing boards for osteopathic doctors and medical doctors.

Delap was arrested Tuesday on new allegations that he forged Board of Osteopathic Medicine checks and used the board's credit card to buy personal items between November 2004 and January 2006.

The osteopathic board licenses physicians and investigates complaints against doctors.

Computer and financial records were seized by state authorities earlier this year from the board's Las Vegas headquarters.

Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal,

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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