When you think about the amount of money businesses spend on collecting outstanding debts you realize that those costs are ultimately passed on to
consumers. Now imagine, if part of that cost could be borne by the government,
and the culprit could be charged criminally. If your state relies on its primary industry to serve as its economic engine, chances are the legislature makes
it a crime to draw and pass bad checks, as well as outstanding markers.
In Nevada it is a felony to intentionally draw a marker or pass a check with a
value of $250 or more in order to obtain money, delivery or use of property,
services, or credit extended by a licensed gaming establishment. Nevada Revised
Statute (NRS) 205.130 et. seq. The original statutory scheme was promulgated in an effort to protect businesses from being victimized by dishonest customers purchasing goods or services knowing there were nonsufficient funds to pay for the costs incurred. In 1983, the statute was amended, to include “credit extended by any licensed gaming establishment,” primarily to provide criminal
jurisdiction over otherwise untouchable international gamblers.
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