August 1, 2018
Self-Professed Celebrity Talent Booking Agent Sentenced to up to Eight Years in Prison
Las Vegas, NV –Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that Marlene Fitzgerald, 44, of Las Vegas, was sentenced to up to eight years in prison for one count of theft in the amount of $3,500 or more, a category “B” felony. The conviction results from her involvement in operating an embezzlement scam out of Las Vegas where she held herself out to be a talent booking representative. 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.
Earlier this year, Fitzgerald pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $230,000 from victims to whom she promised to use her strong celebrity connections to arrange performances by recording star Justin Bieber and Las Vegas DJs, The Chainsmokers, as well as for personal appearances by and marketing rights related to boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Earlier this morning, Eighth Judicial District Court Judge Douglas Smith sentenced Fitzgerald to 38-96 months in prison and ordered Fitzgerald to pay restitution in the amount of $235,652.52.
“This defendant has a history of making promises and preying on hard-working business owners and investors,” said Laxalt, “And my office will continue to prosecute this and future fraudulent crimes to the fullest extent of the law.”
In another case also prosecuted by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General, Marlene Fitzgerald and her husband Marcus Fitzgerald each pleaded guilty in June of this year to one count of multiple transactions of fraud and deceit in the course of an enterprise, a category “B” felony. In that case, the Fitzgeralds both admitted to conducting a real estate investment scam between January 2006 and July 2013 against various investors. This scam collectively defrauded the investors of over $360,000 who were made to believe they would receive security interests in real estate throughout the Las Vegas area. The sentencing hearing in this case is scheduled for October 15, 2018 in the Eighth Judicial District Court.
Both cases were investigated and prosecuted by the Office of the Nevada Attorney General’s Criminal Prosecution Unit.
To view the criminal complaint filed against Marlene Fitzgerald, click here. To view the Amended Indictments in the real estate scam, click here. To file a complaint about someone suspected of committing a fraud, click here.
(Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)