The former chief executive of southern Nevada's only public hospital has been indicted on 10 counts of felony theft and official misconduct charges.
Former University Medical Center boss Lacy Thomas appeared in a
Las Vegas courtroom today (Wednesday).
He faces up to 75 years in prison if convicted of each of five theft charges and on each charge of misconduct of a public official.
Authorities allege Thomas steered no-bid and no-work contracts to friends and associates in Chicago.
Thomas was dismissed in January 2007 after auditors reported massive 2006 fiscal year losses at the medical center.
UMC is home to the area's only top-level trauma center and the state's only burn unit.
Thomas did not enter a plea and his attorney did not return calls for comment.
A judge set bail at $500,000 and scheduled Thomas for arraignment later this month.