ELKO – An Elko man who embezzled thousands of dollars from Stockmen’s Casino over several months as a catering supervisor was ordered to pay more than $8,800 in restitution and serve one month in jail.
Sergio A. Estrada, 30, pleaded guilty in Elko District Court to embezzlement and was given a suspended sentence of two years in prison. He was placed on probation for five years by Judge Nancy Porter on Oct. 25.
As part of the special conditions for his probation, Estrada must pay $8,893.93 to the Stockmen’s and serve 30 days in jail within the first year of his probation. He must also notify employers of his conviction if employed in a fiduciary capacity.
After an investigation by Elko police detectives, Estrada was arrested Nov. 8 on multiple charges related to embezzlement, including obtaining money by false pretenses and uttering a forged instrument.
Investigators learned that Estrada received deposits in the form of cash and checks from several individuals who wanted to book events and receptions at the Stockmen’s. He subsequently deposited the money in his personal account at Wells Fargo bank.
Detectives also discovered checks from the Sunrise Rotary Club, given to Estrada for payment of catering services, were not credited to the organization’s account but were instead deposited into Estrada’s account with the Stockmen’s name crossed off and his name written in.
In July 2017, Estrada was placed on administrative leave by the Stockmen’s. He was working elsewhere when he was arrested.