Ex-official from Nevada Reports to Federal Prison in Bribery Case

A former Clark County commissioner who funneled cash bribes to former colleagues on behalf of a strip club owner is now in federal prison.

Lance Malone started serving a six-year sentence Wednesday at Lompoc, California, in the "Operation G-Sting" political corruption case.

The 45-year-old Malone pleaded guilty in federal court in Las Vegas in September to one count of conspiracy under the RICO act.

His prison term also includes three years for a 2005 conviction in a related San Diego City Council bribery case.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks in February called the scandal one of the worst political corruption cases ever prosecuted in Nevada.

He blamed Malone for serving as "bag man" for strip club owner Michael Galardi in the distribution of bribes in San Diego and Las Vegas from 2000 to 2003.

Former Clark County commissioners Mary Kincaid-Chauncey and Dario Herrera are already serving time -- and former Commissioner Erin Kenny is due for sentencing June sixth.

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