The Fremont Hotel and Casino is one of the most popular tourist destinations in downtown Las Vegas . Its bank account is suddenly $300,000 lighter due to a Nevada Gaming Control Board (NGCB) fine. Things could have been much worse, including a possible suspension. The fine was levied for alleged improprieties in a security investigation. As a result, a woman was held in custody for close to 90 minutes.
What Kind Of Alleged Security Violations Was This Las Vegas Casino Fined For?
As part of the settlement with the state gaming control board, the Fremont did not admit to any guilt in the situation. Although, it was discovered that the women was detained despite evidence to the contrary. This stems from a theft dating back to last November.
Following the incident on Nov. 24 of 2019, the Nevada Gaining Control Board filed a complaint against the Fremont covering four counts. It was actually referred to as a “botched investigation into an alleged theft.” The suspect was accused of stealing money from slot machines. The accuser was another player in the casino.
The two women were playing slots near one another. As noted on surveillance footage, one women cashed out and then moved. The woman accused of the theft took her place at the same slot machine. The first woman then claimed that their was $200 in winnings left on that particular machine.
Once security was called into the situation is things went south. The accused woman was accosted by casino guards.
She was grabbed by the neck and arm before being handcuffed. From there, she was taken into custody.
The Board’s main issue was how the situation was handled in the first place. Security did not have to take the aggressive actions they did. It was also noted that the woman was playing a different slot machine when she was first taken into custody.
While in custody, she was never allowed to tell her side of the story. She was continually berated by Fremont security personnel. A quote from NGCB stated:
“Although there were ample avenues available to reconstruct the alleged events, Fremont personnel failed to pursue those avenues.”
The Board went on to say that the investigation was “factually flawed” and incomplete. It also states that security footage was not properly used in the investigation. This footage would have completely exonerated the suspect. The Board also states that Fremont security gave false information to the Las Vegas Police Department.
The accused woman ended up paying $202 cash to satisfy the alleged theft. Although, she continued to maintain her innocence in the matter. That money was returned to the original woman lodging the complaint. It was only later when surveillance footage confirmed that she had previously cashed a voucher for $202.
Boyd Gaming owns and operates the Fremont. The company withheld any comment on the matter. After the incident, the NGCB was seriously considering a much steeper penalty. This included a possible suspended gaming license.
• Source: Downtown Las Vegas casino fined $300K after alleged botched theft investigation From Fox5vegas.com On September 24, 2020.