Ex-state Employee Gets Probation

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - The former deputy director of the Nevada Board of Osteopathic Medicine was placed on five years' probation Monday in Las Vegas after pleading guilty to two felony theft charges stemming from the embezzlement of more than $60,000 in board funds.

The state attorney general's office said John Delap III, 30, faces up to four years in prison on each count if he violates terms of his probation. Those terms include an agreement to pay $60,699 in restitution within five years.

Delap was initially was charged with 34 counts of theft, forgery and unlawful use of public money while employed by the osteopathic

A state investigation revealed that Delap embezzled board funds by forging checks, illegally used a state credit card to buy personal items, and embezzled more funds to pay off the credit card debt and hide the embezzlement.

Authorities also learned that he pleaded guilty to felony embezzlement while serving as treasurer of Administrators in Medicine, a nonprofit organization that supports the work of state licensing boards for both osteopathic doctors and allopathic doctors.

Delap was placed on probation for five years in the AIM case, and was ordered to make restitution of $34,208. He also was told to attend Gamblers Anonymous meetings.

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