Harrah’s auditor suspected in theft of $3,800 from Keno box | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Harrah’s auditor suspected in theft of $3,800 from Keno box

William Ferchland

A 23-year-old auditor at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe was arrested Nov. 23 on suspicion of taking $3,800 from a Keno money box, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy said.

Magdalena Cervantes of South Lake Tahoe was taken into custody at the casino by a Nevada Gaming Control agent and booked at Douglas County Jail at $25,000 bail.

The agent said Cervantes was the only person to have access to casino deposits and claimed she took a clear plastic bag containing money from a Keno money box.

In other news:

— El Dorado County Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe issued a warning for people to avoid the “white van” scam in which generic or hazardous car speakers are sold out of a white van. Uthe said several people were duped when men told them they worked for an electronics store and needed to dump extra inventory at cheap prices.

Cash, about $300 or $400, would be requested for speakers that would end up either not working or frying amplifiers, thus destroying a sound system, he said.

Some people were fooled by the name of the speakers which had close-sounding names to popular brands. Uthe is unsure if the white van used in the scam is still in the area.

— Two South Lake Tahoe men were cited Saturday when authorities believed they were cutting down trees on the property of Lake Tahoe Community College, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy stated.

Unsure if the land belonged to the city, the county or the college, a South Lake Tahoe police sergeant was also on the scene.

Authorities counted 20 downed trees varying in circumference.

Both men had chain saws and said they had permission to cut the trees, then told authorities the trees were already down.

Tom Finn, director of maintenance for the college, asked that the two be cited for illegal wood cutting.

– E-mail William Ferchland at wferchland@tahoedailytribune.com

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