The former president and COO of Resorts World Las Vegas, Scott Sibella, is facing allegations of knowingly enabling criminals to gamble with stolen money. The accusations have been levied by Robert Cipriani, a high roller based in California, who argues that Sibella intentionally ignored numerous activities of this sort.
The lawsuit, already lodged in the US District Court of Nevada, contends that Sibella and the casino resort have not only been negligent but have inflicted emotional distress on Cipriani. Specifically, the plaintiff accuses Sibella of disregarding his alerts on Robert Alexander’s illicit activities. Alexander, initially linked with Cipriani in an earlier dispute, reportedly used funds misappropriated from his investors to gamble at Resorts World Las Vegas, a situation Sibella supposedly chose to overlook.
An important aspect of the case revolves around Alexander allegedly intimidating and harassing the plaintiff for several weeks. Interestingly, both men were involved in an incident in November 2021, with Cipriani initially facing charges for theft and robbery, which were later dismissed. Conversely, Alexander has formally admitted to security and wire fraud charges.
The accusations include further instances where Sibella and the resort supposedly provided criminals a platform to gamble. Cipriani has submitted screenshots of conversations with the casino property’s surveillance operations manager, Joseph Tatonetti, as evidence of his efforts to inform the casino staff about additional illicit activities. Tatonetti seemingly validated Cipriani’s concerns, particularly about Brandon Sattler and Edwin Ting, individuals with a known criminal background, being allowed to play in the casino.
To redress his grievances, Cipriani now seeks compensation for damages he alleges were caused by Resorts World Las Vegas and Sibella. The appearance of this suit comes in the wake of Sibella’s abrupt departure from the company due to unspecified transgressions. Meanwhile, Peter LaVoie, the company’s chief financial officer, has been announced as the new president of Resorts World Las Vegas.