Man Who Oversaw Courthouse Enters Guilty Plea - 8 News NOW

Man Who Oversaw Courthouse Enters Guilty Plea

Posted: Updated:

LAS VEGAS -- A former assistant property manager for the General Services Administration in Las Vegas who oversaw the federal courthouse pleaded guilty Friday to witness tampering and making false statements to federal agents, according to André Birotte, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California.

Steven Underhill, 58, of Las Vegas, entered his guilty pleas before U.S. District Judge Andrew Gordon, and is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 12.

According to the plea agreement, GSA's Office of the Inspector General initiated an investigation in 2010 into alleged improprieties involving the janitorial contract for the Lloyd George Federal Courthouse. The allegations included claims that Underhill, who was GSA's assistant property manager at the courthouse, had an undisclosed and improper relationship with one of the janitorial company's employees.

The allegations included claims that as a result of the janitorial employee's decision to end her relationship with Underhill, he began giving the company unsatisfactory ratings, which impacted its bid to renew the contract. In April and May 2011, when investigators interviewed Underhill about the allegations, he allegedly lied to them by denying that he had a relationship with the employee and that he was living with her.

After Underhill's interviews with law enforcement investigators, he told the employee to deny everything about their relationship because he would be fired. Underhill continued to contact the employee over the next 14 months by telephone and text, and threatened her with retaliation and public embarrassment if she cooperated with authorities.

Underhill faces up to five years in prison on the false statements charge and up to 20 years in prison on the witness tampering charge, as well as fines of up to $250,000 on each charge. He is free on a personal recognizance bond while awaiting sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Office of the Inspector General for GSA and Metro Police, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathryn Newman and Lawrence Middleton.

  • Las Vegas NewsLas Vegas NewsMore>>

  • Police investigate double stabbing

    Police investigate double stabbing

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:17:18 GMT
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
    Two people suffering stab wounds were rushed to the hospital Friday afternoon, Metro Police said.More>>
  • Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Street performers peeved over downtown bathroom ban

    Friday, April 18 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:48:54 GMT
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
    Street performers bring a lot of entertainment to the Fremont Street Experience, but some of their say they are being forced out of the area when it comes to taking a bathroom break.More>>
  • Fire damages apartments near Maryland & Hacienda

    Fire damages apartments near Maryland & Hacienda

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:52 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:52:26 GMT
    Las Vegas-- Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire at an apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Hacienda.The Clark County Fire Department says the blaze started in a garbage can on the east side of the building. A total of five units were affected by smoke and water damage.The Red Cross is assisting one person from one of the units.Arson investigators are looking into the cause, but say there's nothing suspicious about the fire at this time.More>>
    Las Vegas-- Investigators are looking into what sparked a fire at an apartment complex near Maryland Parkway and Hacienda.The Clark County Fire Department says the blaze started in a garbage can on the east side of the building. A total of five units were affected by smoke and water damage.The Red Cross is assisting one person from one of the units.Arson investigators are looking into the cause, but say there's nothing suspicious about the fire at this time.More>>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KLAS. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.