Felon Steven Gazlay, who began his criminal career almost two decades ago with a notorious gang of mostly white upper-class teens, has been charged with swindling a lender out of more than $700,000 to fund a high-stakes gambling spree.
Gazlay, 36, first made headlines in Las Vegas in 2003 when members of the 311 Boyz maimed a teen with a rock. He was ultimately convicted of beating another young man with a crowbar. He has been in and out of prison since, according to law enforcement and Nevada Department of Corrections records.
He and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Dana Bevers of Las Vegas, are now each charged in warrants with a 2020 mortgage scam that police say defrauded a hard-money lender out of more than $707,000. Attorneys for both could not be reached for comment on Friday.
“Steven Gazlay studied mortgage lending to determine how to develop fraudulent transactions, to take false possession and obtain a sham escrow loan on (a Las Vegas residence),” police said.
‘Prolific criminal history’
A 32-page arrest warrant filed against Gazlay and Bevers by the Las Vegas police financial crimes division stated that Gazlay has a “prolific criminal history.” He was released from High Desert State Prison in 2019 and has eight felony convictions.
The warrant also states that he has arrests, but no convictions, on suspicion of murder, mayhem, attempted murder, theft, allowing child abuse, domestic battery and malicious destruction of property.
According to the warrant, Gazlay met a real estate developer in spring 2020 at a Las Vegas real estate rehab project. That developer then agreed to let Gazlay rent a condominium from him at The Martin high-rise tower in Las Vegas for $2,300 a month. Around the same time, the developer sold a Las Vegas property for $1.8 million to a Houston-based esports company.
Gazlay, police said, befriended the developer and was able to take a photo of a $1.3 million escrow check resulting from the sale of the home. Gazlay also obtained a photo of the man from his passport, police said.
Soon, police said, it became clear to the developer that Gazlay was not going to pay the rent for the condominium.
The developer said he then met Gazlay for a lunch meeting where a man identified as “TJ” brandished a firearm in his presence. The developer was told to stop asking about the rent, police said, and the developer “felt like his life was being threatened … and that he no longer was going to ask for the $13,800 in back rent.”
Police said the developer’s fears for his safety were justified. The warrant contends that “TJ” was known to Gazlay from his time in prison, when Gazlay “became an Aryan Warrior white supremacist prison gang member.”
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