Washoe County man sentenced to 13 years for burglary, fraud
RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) —
A Washoe County man been sentenced to 13 years in prison after being recently convicted on fraud and burglary charges, according to prosecutors.
The Washoe County District Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Steven Ray Queen was recently convicted of cashing and attempting to cash fraudulent checks at several local casinos. Queen pled guilty in September to one count of burglary, second or subsequent offense and two counts of uttering a forged instrument.
Queen, who has a lengthy criminal history, had eight prior convictions for burglary, receiving stolen property, theft, and possession of a controlled substance.
The D.A.'s office says the sentence ensures that Queen will serve a minimum of five years before parole eligibility begins.
The prosecution against Queen began in March when Sparks police responded to a report of a fraudulent check that was chased a local casino. Reports of several other attempts to cash fraudulent checks at different casinos were received by Sparks and Reno police. Queen was identified as a suspect and was later apprehended in July during a surveillance operation in downtown Reno.