ELKO – Two Battle Mountain men were arrested for repeatedly cashing fraudulent checks at a local casino.
According to Elko Police Lt. Ty Trouten, Lawrence M. Baysinger, 28, and Daniel K. Chacon, 31, were arrested at around 3:14 a.m. Sunday on Ruby Vista Drive near the golf course after fleeing a local casino.
Trouten said that Baysinger had gone into the casino to cash a fictitious check for $1,800.
“It sounds like this is not the first time they had been in,” said Trouten, “they were alerted to watch for them and call us.”
According to Trouten another officer on a day shift had taken a report about other checks from the same company being fraudulently cashed made out to Baysinger and Chacon adding up to $25,000 at that time.
“We have previous reports of each one of them coming in multiple times to take forged checks, utter them and obtain the money under false pretenses. It looks like this all started in early January,” Trouten said.
The cage attendant left to call the police. When she returned, Baysinger grabbed his identification and fled the casino and left in a vehicle with another man.
Security officers at the casino had taken notice of the vehicle and direction it was headed and told the police.
Police discovered the two on Ruby Vista Drive and stopped them on a traffic stop. The officer arrested them on multiple charges.
Baysinger was arrested for seven counts of burglary; seven counts of intent to utter a fictitious bill, note or check; and seven counts of obtaining money, property or labor under false pretenses.
His bail was listed at $315,000.
Chacon was arrested for five counts of burglary; five counts of intent to utter a fictitious bill, note or check; and five counts of obtaining money, property or labor under false pretenses.
His bail was listed at $225,000.
The investigation is ongoing.