Casino embezzler pleads guilty |

Casino embezzler pleads guilty

by Maggie O'Neill

The 27-year-old man accused of embezzling money from Harveys Resort Casino in South Lake Tahoe in 2003 pleaded guilty on Monday.

Jason Lawrence’s sentencing is scheduled for May 25 before Ninth Judicial District Judge Michael Gibbons.

The Carson City man plead guilty to one count of grand theft, a Class B felony, on Monday. He faces one to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine for the charge.

Lawrence reportedly took chips and cashed them in connection with another individual who worked at the casino, 22-year-old Stephen Johnson of Dayton.

An August trial date is set in Johnson’s case.

Other charges of burglary, forgery and conspiracy were dropped against Lawrence in the plea bargain.

More than $1.6 million was taken from the casino. A little more than $400,000 was seized in the investigation. Lawrence agreed to nearly $1.2 million in restitution for the difference.

As part of the $400,000 seized assets, Lawrence is giving up money from two bank accounts, his $155,000 cash bond and two 2003 BMWs.

He must make monthly restitution.

— Maggie O’Neill can be reached at mo’ or (775) 782-5121, ext. 214.