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CSN investigation might lead to other suspects, state official says

The state attorney general’s office is looking at two or three more potential targets in its investigation into theft and public corruption at the College of Southern Nevada.

The inquiry has ensnared four college employees, including the associate vice president for facilities management, William “Bob” Gilbert.

Conrad Hafen, chief deputy attorney general, said Wednesday that authorities are looking at more people to indict, but he declined to provide details.

He said the attorney general’s office has collected 51 boxes of materials related to the case and will charge Gilbert and his co-defendants close to $14,000 for copying costs.

The material in 18 boxes relates directly to Gilbert and his three co-defendants, CSN Construction Manager Thad Skinner, Facilities Manager Matthew Goins and building construction inspector George Casal, Hafen said.

A grand jury indicted the men on charges of theft, misconduct of a public officer and obtaining money under false pretenses.

The indictment accused Gilbert of stealing building material and equipment from the college to help build his home east of Mount Charleston. The other men are accused of helping Gilbert.

Hafen said the remaining boxes of evidence “pertain to some other companies that we looked at.”

On Wednesday, Gilbert, Goins and Casal pleaded not guilty in District Court to the charges during an arraignment before hearing master Kevin Williams.

Skinner pleaded not guilty at an earlier hearing.

After the hearing, Gilbert declined to comment through his attorney, John Momot.

The four men are on paid administrative leave from the college.

Contact reporter David Kihara at dkihara@reviewjournal.com or 702-380-1039.

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