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Appeals Court Affirms Judgment Against Lyon County, Former Public Administrator

A federal appeals court has affirmed a $2.1 million judgment against Lyon County and its former Public Administrator Richard Glover for stealing from the home of a dead man.

The Nevada Appeal reports the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the heirs of Joe Mathis, who was found dead at his home in 2008.

Richard Mathis of Las Vegas maintained the administrator took personal property worth over $1 million from the home and converted them to his own use.

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The law states the public administrator must secure the property after a death, and the appeals court found some of the property was never returned to the rightful heirs.

The court ruled Lyon County was liable because Glover was a final policymaker.