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News DateWednesday, February 16, 2005 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionCriminal complaint alleges embezzlement of most of $25,000

By ERIN NEFF
REVIEW-JOURNAL

The young Nevada man designated to chair the upcoming 2005 Young Republican National Convention in Las Vegas has been accused of embezzling registration fees from around the country to pay off bar tabs, personal loans and credit card debts.

Nevada's national committeeman for Young Republicans filed a criminal complaint Monday with the Reno Police Department alleging Nathan Taylor received more than $25,000 in registration fees and donations through his corporation, YRNC 2005, and spent almost all of it in the past year for personal use.

Taylor interned in Gov. Kenny Guinn's office during the 2003 Legislature and has worked for former Republican state Sen. Mark James and in Las Vegas City Hall, where he worked on projects for then-Councilman Michael McDonald.

He was actively involved with the state's Young Republicans when Nevada won the bid to host its first-ever national convention for the organization.

"The reason we turned this into the Reno police is because from the bank statement we have in hand, we're afraid this corporate account has turned into his personal slush fund," said Joe Brezny, Nevada's Young Republican National Committeeman, who filed the criminal complaint.

Reno police spokesman Lt. Ron Donnelly said the case will be turned over to the department's fraud unit. The sergeant in that unit was unavailable late Tuesday for comment.
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