Casino Layoffs Boyd Gaming

FILE - In this March 21, 2020, file photo, a man walks along a usually busy Fremont Street after casinos were ordered to shut down due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. A U.S. casino company with 29 properties in 10 states is laying off thousands of employees, citing a slow restart to business following closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. Las Vegas-based Boyd Gaming Corp., said in a statement Monday, July 13, 2020, that an unspecified number of furloughed employees will not return. As many as 2,500 company workers in Nevada could be affected. The publicly-traded company had about 10,000 employees in Nevada and another 14,300 nationally, according to its last annual report. It also has properties in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

A Nevada Gaming Control Board complaint alleges staff at the Fremont Hotel & Casino detained an innocent woman for 90 minutes.

UPDATE (Sept. 24): The Nevada Gaming Control Board agreed to a settlement with Fremont Hotel and Casino Thursday, fining the hotel for an alleged botched investigation that kept a woman in security's custody for 90 minutes.

The Fremont Hotel and Casino was fined $300,000 for the alleged violations. As part of the settlement, the hotel did not admit to the allegations of misconduct.

ORIGINAL STORY: LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a four-count complaint against a downtown Las Vegas casino for allegedly keeping a woman in custody for theft, despite evidence she didn't commit a crime, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, Boyd Gaming's Fremont Casino, located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, conducted a botched investigation into an alleged theft. The complaint stems from an incident on Nov. 24, 2019 in which a patron accused another of stealing money from slots.

The two women involved were playing slots near each other, according to the complaint. One of the women is seen on surveillance footage at a slot playing, cashing out and then moving. When the accused woman went to the same machine as the first patron, the accuser claimed that there was money left on the machine, about $200.

Security later found the accused woman on the casino floor, sitting at another machine. The NGCB claims that rather than calmly conducting the investigation, Fremont security grabbed the woman by the neck and arm from behind before placing her in handcuffs and taking her into custody.

According to the complaint, the woman was in the Fremont security office professing her innocence for about 90 minutes. NGCB alleges that Fremont security berated the woman, not listening to her side of the story.

"Although there were ample avenues available to reconstruct the alleged events, Fremont personnel failed to pursue those avenues," the complaint read. NGCB claims the investigation was "factually flawed" and incomplete.

The complaint further alleged that the property didn't adequately investigate the security footage, which NGCB said would exonerate the accused woman, and that Fremont security provided LVMPD with false information.

Eventually, the accused woman reluctantly paid the amount equal to the alleged theft, $202 cash, while still claiming innocence. The money was given to the patron accusing the woman of theft. Later, that patron was seen on surveillance footage cashing out a voucher from her pocket for $202.

Receipts from the slot machine and surveillance show the woman lied about being stolen from, the complaint alleged.

"Other Fremont personnel, including surveillance and slot personnel, were also negligent in interpreting the available video and relevant slot reports that, if examined properly, would have exonerated the accused patron," the complaint reads.

The NGCB will meet Thursday to discuss a possible fine or suspended license for the property. Boyd Gaming said Wednesday they have no comment on the complaint.

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So which casino was it ? Bad reporting. Why even write the story? What a joke..


Your answer is literally in the second paragraph. "According to the complaint, Boyd Gaming's Fremont Casino, located on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas, conducted a botched investigation into an alleged theft. "

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