Lake Tahoe Casino Janitor Accused of Sweeping Away $10,000
A Nevada Stateline casino janitor was arrested for theft last week after being witnessed literally sweeping away USD 10,000 in cash he found on the casino floor.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported that an unidentified gambler had just won USD 70,000 and was walking to the elevator when he inadvertently dropped a bundle of USD 100 bills.
Richard Ferrer, aged 36, was witnessed by security officials at the Harrah's Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino where he is employed as a contract janitor, discovering the bundle of cash and sweeping it into a dustpan at 1:00 a.m. on May 24.
According to The Record-Courier, Ferrer was subsequently witnessed departing the casino floor, making several stops, before heading to the employees' break room. This entire episode was caught by cameras throughout the casino.
Ferrer was reportedly forthcoming when approached by security officials, letting them know he stashed the pile of money in a garbage can. When the money was counted, the bundle was shy USD 100 which Ferrer told security officials was under the same trash bin.
The janitor admitted to the incident, claiming he planned to turn in most of the cash to his supervisor at his next break, which is casino policy. He also claimed he planned to keep the USD 100 he separated from the bundle for himself.
Ferrer also claims he was aware of the casino policy that applies to both the casino employees and contractors that he was supposed to immediately turn all of the money in upon discovery. Ferrer is currently being held in custody in lieu of USD 25,000 bail.