ELKO – Elko police arrested a former casino food service worker Wednesday on a warrant charging multiple counts of embezzlement.
Sergio A. Estrada, 29, of Elko allegedly embezzled funds from December 2016 through July 2017 while he was employed at Stockmen’s. He targeted several parties, beginning with the Elko Rotary Club, according to Lt. Mike Palhegyi.
Estrada is accused of taking the checks and cash given to him by individuals and depositing them into his personal account at Wells Fargo.
Court documents said Estrada is suspected of making several deposits totaling more than $10,000. Investigators met with eight people who said they gave Estrada the money as deposits for events and receptions at the Stockmen’s.
Estrada worked at the Stockmen’s as a catering supervisor and was placed on administrative leave in July, after a report from the Sunrise Rotary bookkeeper that the Stockmen’s did not receive five of the club’s checks totaling $1,203.93.
Estrada denied that he accepted the checks despite photocopies presented by Elko police officers. He failed to show up for a subsequent police interview, according to Palhegyi, so a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On checks allegedly deposited in the suspects’ account, the word “Stockmen’s’” was crossed out and replaced with the suspect’s name, court documents say.
One victim told police Estrada took $3,000 as a deposit in March for an event in September, but received it back after he called her and told her he wasn’t working at the Stockmen’s.
Estrada faces two counts of embezzlement of over $3,500, four counts of intent to utter a fictional bill and check, and three counts of embezzlement ranging from $650 to $3,500. Bail is $90,000.