Former Harveys employee may change not guilty plea |

Former Harveys employee may change not guilty plea

Maggie O'Neill

MINDEN – A 27-year-old Carson City man who previously entered a not guilty plea for alleged felony crimes at Harveys Resort Casino at Stateline may change his plea.

Jason Lawrence is charged by the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office with burglary, theft, forgery and conspiracy for reportedly stealing about $400,000 from Harveys with another man, 22-year-old Stephen Johnson of Dayton.

Lawrence and Reno attorney Mark Picker were scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Monday before Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Michael Gibbons.

Neither Lawrence nor Picker appeared because of a scheduling conflict for Picker. The hearing was continued two weeks to April 26 in Gibbons’ court.

At a Nov. 3, 2003, arraignment, Lawrence pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Attorney Calvin Dunlap represents Johnson. A trial date had been set for Aug. 17, 2004, for both men.

The DA’s charges indicate the alleged criminal activity occurred between Dec. 31, 2002, and June 1, 2003. Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Lawrence and Johnson on June 1, 2003.

Both men made bail shortly after their arrests, according to their court files.

Lawrence reportedly signed off on chip markers and gave them to Johnson, who would gamble with some of the chips and cash out the rest, according to DA charges.

On May 31, 2003, investigators taped the men committing some of the purported crimes at the casino.

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