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Trial Set to Begin for Indicted Former UMC Chief
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LAS VEGAS -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a former director of southern Nevada's public hospital.

Dismissed former University Medical Center director Lacy Thomas could face decades in prison if he is convicted of felony theft and misconduct of a public officer. He has pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors contend the 53-year-old Thomas steered no-bid and no-work contracts to friends and associates in Chicago. That's where Thomas used to be chief of John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital.

He was hired in 2004 to turn around the financially troubled UMC in Las Vegas. He was fired in January 2007 after auditors found UMC lost more than $34 million the previous year, and after police revealed they were investigating the contracts.

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