Casino worker arrested after gambler accidentally drops $10k

big-moneySTATELINE, Nev. (AP) — A Lake Tahoe casino employee has been arrested on suspicion of theft after police said he made off with a bundle of $100 bills totaling $10,000 that had been accidentally dropped by a gambler.

Douglas County sheriff’s deputies say the gambler had won $70,000 and was walking to an elevator from the Harrah’s Tahoe casino floor when he dropped the wad of cash early Wednesday.

Contract janitorial worker Richard Ferrer is accused of sweeping the money into a dustpan, then heading to the employee break room.

The Record-Courier newspaper of Gardnerville reports the entire incident was caught on tape and the suspect told security personnel he stashed the money in a garbage can, where all but $100 was recovered.

The 36-year-old Ferrer told deputies he intended to turn the money over to his supervisor at his next break except for $100, which he planned to keep to himself. That $100 was found under the same garbage can.

The policy for both the Stateline casino and the contractor calls for employees to turn such money over to security.

Study: Casinos contributed $53 billion to Nevada economy last year


By J.D. Morris (contact)
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 | 11:14 a.m.

Nevada casinos contributed $53 billion to the state economy in 2013, according to the gaming industry’s Washington, D.C.-based trade association.
The American Gaming Association today announced the results of an Oxford Economics study that measured the economic impact of Nevada’s gaming industry. In addition to the general contribution to the economy, the study found that Nevada casinos supported about 425,000 jobs, more than $18.8 billion in income and that they generated $7.9 billion in tax revenues to local, state and federal governments.

“The research reveals a vast industry that boosts local communities across Nevada by supporting jobs and generating customers for businesses,” said Oxford Economics director Adam Sack in a press release announcing the results. “The industry also supports a wide range of government services in the state.​”

The $53 billion economic impact figure includes direct impact such as casino revenue, indirect impact such as the effect on third-party services hired by casinos and induced impacts from casino employees spending their wages.

Nevada casinos’ direct economic output was about $30.6 billion in 2013, according to the study.

The results follow a broader study the association released during the industry’s Global Gaming Expo Sept. 30. That study found that the overall U.S. gaming industry contributed $240 billion to the economy, supported 1.7 million jobs and generated $38 billion in tax revenues.

The results are also part of the association’s “Get to Know Gaming” campaign, which seeks to promote the industry’s positive impacts to Americans.

Claims of Former Nevada Gov. Robert corruption amiss in new book “Hit Me!”

las vegas review-journal file photo Former Nevada Gov. Robert List was state attorney general from 1971 to 1979.

las vegas review-journal file photo Former Nevada Gov. Robert List was state attorney general from 1971 to 1979.


A book based on memories of Dennis Gomes Former Nevada Gov. Robert List was state attorney general from 1971 to 1979., former Gaming Control Board chief of audit division, says former Gov. Robert List, when attorney general, blocked investigations into two mob-controlled casinos back in the 1970s — the Stardust and the Tropicana.

“Hit Me!” portrays List as standing in Gomes’ way when Gomes worked to oust mob interests from Las Vegas.

Powerful stuff, except four former gaming officials quoted in the book said they never said those things. List himself denied the accusations. A sixth former official wasn’t quoted but said the allegations were not true.

Former Nevada Gaming Commissioner George Swarts repudiated his quotes. So did Gaming Control Board Chairman Phil Hannifin, Bud Hicks, then the chief deputy attorney general assigned to the gaming regulators, and former board enforcement agent Ron Tanner.

Mike Sloan, now with Station Casinos, was the deputy attorney general for the control board and Nevada Gaming Commission based in Las Vegas. He wasn’t quoted but worked with Gomes. Hicks and Sloan both denied List prohibited investigations as attorney general and said even the process described in the book for gaming investigations is wrong. Continue reading