SPARKS — Ten people were arrested Thursday after police discovered a financial forgery laboratory operating inside the Nugget Hotel and Casino. The suspects face charges including possession of a financial forgery lab, identity theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a stolen vehicle and obstruction of justice.
Detectives from the Sparks Police Department Crime Suppression Unit, Regional Street Enforcement Team and detectives from the Northern Nevada Identity Theft and Fraud Crimes Task Force conducted lengthy surveillance to locate the stolen vehicle associated with the group, which lead them to the two main suspects Gennaro Canta, 33, and Mark Enriquez, 34. Canta and Enriquez had obtained five rooms in the hotel since about March 11 and were apprehended on the casino floor where police found Enriquez was wanted for two felonies warrants in California.
Police then raided the rooms of Canta and Enriquez’s accomplices to find numerous stolen and manufactured various state ID’s, as well as personal identifying information of several victims in both Nevada and California. Numerous computers and printers and other digital equipment for making checks, IDs and stolen identities were located inside several of the rooms.
Enriquez faces charges of possession of a financial forgery lab, possession of a stolen vehicle, three counts of identity theft and two fugitive warrants in California. Canta has been charged with possession of a financial forgery lab and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Anyone with information about this group or any of these activities is asked to call the SPD Crime Suppression Unit at 353-2450.