California Man Headed To Prison For Financial Fraud


RENO, NV - A California man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for possession of a fraud lab.

33-year-old Steve Jose Gil of Turlock, CA was sentenced in Washoe District Court after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of establishing or possessing a financial forgery laboratory.

In December of 2014, the Reno Police Department responded to the Atlantis Resort and Casino on a report of someone trying to pass a fake $20 bill. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Gil and 31-year-old Julie Tovar of Turlock, CA.

A fraud laboratory was located in Gil's hotel room at the Atlantis that contained blank checks, fraudulent credit cards, a counterfeit $100 bill, a magnetic credit card reader and other equipment.

Tovar has pled guilty to burglary and conspiracy to possess a financial forgery laboratory. She will be sentenced June 24, 2015 and faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Police also discovered Gil had used the names and identifying information of others to secure rooms at the Atlantis, Harrah's and the Silver Legacy.

Gil has six felony convictions for fraud-related crimes and drug possession in California. He will be eligible for parole in four years.


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