Venetian Restaurant Ex-Manager Stole $14,000, Gambled Much of It

A former manager of the Sugarcane Raw Bar and Grill is charged with embezzlement for allegedly taking more than $14,000. The restaurant can be found in The Venetian Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip.


The thefts were finally made public this week. Last month, the suspect, Jessica Soriano, was captured during a motor vehicle investigation stop.


A regular records check revealed that an arrest warrant for her was issued in 2019, KLAS, a local television station, stated.


The crimes occurred between December 2018 and January 2019. Soriano lost a substantial portion of the funds through gambling. KLAS stated that it was part of her efforts to return the first lost money.



26-year-old Soriano was brought to the Clark County Detention Center after her arrest on June 26. KLAS reported that she was freed on her own recognisance. A municipal court will hear the case.


The police added that Soriano was responsible for cash deposits throughout her shift at the eatery. The stolen funds were intended for three different cash drops, according to authorities.


Attempts to get money back

Police think that the initial theft was used to pay for Soriano's sister's medicine.


The remaining funds were spent on gaming so Soriano could reimburse the stolen funds, according to investigators. But the eatery was never reimbursed, investigators said.


It appears that she lost a significant portion of the wealth while gaming.


Prior Charge of Embezzlement

In a case unconnected to this one, an Arizona bookkeeper was charged for allegedly embezzling over $5,300,000 from two local firms for which she worked and from a Mexican homeowner's association.


Local officials reported in March that she spent the majority of the stolen funds in casinos in the Tucson region.


According to a statement made by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Helen Marie Dahlstrom of Tucson, Arizona was charged with fraudulent schemes and artifices, theft, computer tampering, forgery, and money laundering.


Brnovich stated in a statement that Dahlstrom stole the money over a seven-year period beginning in 2013, mostly by creating checks payable to cash.


Dahlstrom is accused of stealing the majority of funds from business accounts to which she had access. Authorities named Lauderbach Builders Supply and L&L Manufactured Components as her affected employers. Both are Tucson-based construction-related businesses. She was their accountant.


Dahlstrom was also the treasurer of a homeowner's organisation in Rocky Point, Mexico. The name of the association is Cholla Bay HOA. The Spanish name for this organisation is Asociación De Regularizacion De Vecinos De La Cholla. She reportedly falsified the Cholla Bay HOA's financial documents after stealing money from the Cholla Bay HOA, according to Brnovich.

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