A 23-year-old man allegedly succeeded in convincing a downtown Las Vegas casino to hand him seven payments amounting to over $1 million dollars in what he said were payments to the fire department.
How’d he do it? The man, identified as Erik Gutierrez, reportedly called the Circa Hotel & Casino’s cage and pretended to be its owner. Gutierrez then told the staff on the other end that he needed the money because “the fire department needed to do a check on the fire extinguishers” and “they would need a payment for further safety devices,” according to police documents obtained by local news outlet 8 News Now.
Las Vegas Metro police were alerted of a possible scam on June 17 after an “unknown person” had gotten in touch with casino cage under false pretenses to ask for money. In multiple instances, the cage supervisor reportedly hand-delivered money amounting to $314,000, $350,000, and then $500,000 to the “unknown person” at different locations outside of the casino. They also made three smaller deposits, with the “unknown person” receiving a total of $1,170,000.
According to the report, the employee believed that the man on the phone was the hotel’s owner, that she was meeting with the hotel’s attorney, and that she was texting with her manager.
But before you start thinking this comes with an Ocean’s 11-type ending, Gutierrez wasn’t so heist-y with the getaway car, or the money for that matter. Police were able to track him down through the vehicle involved in the alleged theft. The car was found to be registered to Gutierrez’s aunt, with whom he lives.
Police were able to obtain a search warrant for the home and recovered about $850,000 from “large bag of U.S. currency bundled together with the name Circa written on the bundle.”
Gutierrez was arrested at a gym the following day on June 18. Judge Any Ferreira ordered him to stay away from Circa and the Fremont Street Experience in the event that posts the bond amounting to $25,000.
The twist: Gutierrez is facing a similar charge at the Mesquite Justice Court where a judge set his bail for $20,000, according to 8 News Now.
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