Attorney General Laxalt Announces Guilty Plea of Self-Professed Celebrity Talent Booking Representative in Las Vegas
March 29, 2018
Las Vegas, NV –Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Marlene Fitzgerald, 44, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in the amount of $3,500 or more, a category “B” felony. The guilty plea results from her involvement in operating an embezzlement scam out of Las Vegas. To perpetuate the thefts, Fitzgerald operated under the names World Entertainment, LLC; Future Management; and Total Entertainment Artist Management. The acts were committed between December 2016 and July 2017.
According to the criminal complaint, Fitzgerald held herself out as a talent booking representative with strong celebrity connections. In two instances, Fitzgerald solicited and accepted large deposits in exchange for promises to arrange performances by recording star Justin Bieber and two DJs known as The Chainsmokers. In three other instances, Fitzgerald’s victims paid her large deposits in exchange for marketing opportunities revolving around boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, Jr., including promises of personal appearances by Mayweather, logo placement rights on Mayweather’s boxing gloves and exclusive sponsorship rights to Mayweather’s official after-party. Fitzgerald embezzled more than $230,000 from these victims.
“Those who perpetrate financial crimes will be held accountable by my office,” said Laxalt. “I am proud that my prosecutors continue to swiftly and vigilantly seek justice for victims.”
Theft in the amount of $3,500 or more is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of no more than $10,000. Fitzgerald is scheduled to be sentenced on July 25, 2018 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
This case was investigated and is being prosecuted by the Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Unit.
To view the criminal complaint against Marlene Fitzgerald, click here. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud, click here.
(Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)