Several arrested in state employee tire theft ring

LAS VEGAS - Several men were arrested this week for their part in a tire theft ring.

According to Attorney General Adam Laxalt's office,  the culprits are as followed:

  • David Dinicola, 54, of Las Vegas
  • Anthony Canada, 58, of Pahrump
  • Steve Pappas, 55, of Las Vegas
  • Dale Wageman, 62, of Henderson
  • Richard Matters, 46, of Henderson
  • Benito
  • DeSantiago, 54, of Las Vegas
  • Virgilio Quezada, 41, of Las Vegas

The men were arrested on 21 felony charges for the tire theft ring. 

Here's how the charges are broken down:

  • Four counts of theft for $3,500 or more, a category “B” felony
  • Three counts of theft for $650 or more, a category “C” felony
  • Four counts of embezzlement for $3,500 or more, a category “B” felony
  • Three counts of embezzlement for $650 or more, a category “C” felony
  • Five counts of possession of stolen property, a category “C” felony; one count of burglary, a category “B” felony 
  • One count of multiple transactions involving fraud or deceit in the course of enterprise or occupation, a category “B” felony. 

The Attorney General says the alleged frauds were committed between December 2014 and April 2015.  According to the complaint, during his employment at the Department of Transportation, Canada used a State of Nevada credit card to make unlawful purchases of new tires. 

Canada would then, along with Pappas, Dinicola, and Wageman who at the time were also employees of the Department of Transportation, submit false work orders or labor hours to justify the purchases. The complaint further alleges that DeSantiago, Quezada, and Matters illegally took possession of these fraudulently-obtained tires.

“Public service is public trust,” said Laxalt. “My office will continue to focus complex investigations, and crack down on public servants who allegedly abuse their positions of
trust.” 

In July 2016, the Nevada Legislature’s Interim Finance Committee unanimously approved AG Laxalt’s request to combat increasing financial fraud within the State using non-taxpayer settlement funds awarded to his Office. 

The newly created Financial Fraud Unit aims to target sophisticated criminal enterprises that victimize Nevadans on a large scale, to integrate with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to leverage resources, to increase flexibility in order to quickly respond to emerging trends in financial fraud, and to immediately increase existing funding levels to legal aid centers to provide pro bono civil representation in guardianship cases.
 


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