This week it was revealed that a 50 year old man residing in Metro Detroit had $2.5 million in cash seized from his luggage as he tried to leave for a gambling trip to Las Vegas.
The money was seized by federal investigators, who claim that Brian Benderoff and two associates scammed investors out of thousands of dollars in order to fund trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, where he had won millions. Benderoff's luggage was seized by investigators in June when he tried to board a flight to Las Vegas, where they found a Rolex watch, $1.6 million in cash, a check from Caesars Palace worth $850,000, and a cashier's check worth $150,000.
As of press time, no charges have been filed against Benderoff, although he apparently has a history of taking out large loans and then gambling the money away. In 2008 he was sued by a travel agent for taking out $600,000 in loans and never paying it back. He instead spent the money gambling, and never paid it back.
Benderoff is working with prominent attorney Gerald Gleeson, who told the Detroit Free Press: "We're looking forward to sorting it out in the next couple of months."
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