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Thread: Gay Aria employee steals over $700k through phony reservation refunds scheme, lavishes gifts upon fellow gay co-worker, and that guy reports him

  1. #1
    This story has an "only in Vegas" vibe to it.

    Meet Brandon Rasheed Johnson.




    He is 38, and has been a hotel operations manager at Aria for 10 years.

    He's also gay, and loves expensive things. Johnson apparently felt he wasn't making enough at Aria, and after 9 years on the job, decided last year to start stealing from his employer in order to fund a lavish lifestyle.

    Not being very bright, he engineered and incredibly stupid and simplistic scheme, to simply refund hotel reservations of a ton of Aria guests, but to refund those reservations to his own credit card instead of theirs. I do not have all the details, but I'm guessing this was never apparent nor victimizing to the guests, who probably really completed their stay, and thus were not expecting refunds, which Johnson was authorizing without their knowledge.

    Johnson allegedly stole $776,000 this way between July 2022 and July 2023.

    What caused his downfall? Was it a system at the Aria which checks for such anomalies, such as this case where one employee was authorizing a staggering number of refunds?

    No. It was his romantic interest in another gay guy at work which brought this all crashing down.

    In early July 2023, another gay male employee started receiving gifts and romantic overtures from Johnson. Apparently this co-worker was not opposed to it, as he accepted Johnson's request for a date, where Johnson spent on him lavishly. However, this dude became suspicious how Johnson had so much money to throw around, and started quietly looking into him. Within about 3 weeks, this employee uncovered that Johnson had authorized 309 refunds to the same credit card, and became highly suspicious. He quietly reported Johnson to his superiors. When Johnson was informed of this internal investigation, he quit his job 4 days later, via text message.

    The police were then brought into the matter on July 27, and he was arrested on September 1.

    If he had simply kept his work and romantic lives separate, this would likely still be going on, without Aria being the wiser. This actually would have been a fairly clever plan, had Johnson been a little smarter. If he had bought prepaid cards to receive the refunds (rather than his own credit card), and if he had done this more in moderation, it's very likely he would have never been caught.

    It amazes me that these systems do not have better sanity checks on employees who have the power to spend company money.
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  2. #2
    Strangely enough, this exact scheme was detailed by me last month, in a fictional story I posted on my PFA forum.

    I did a "guess which stories from my life are true and which are false" game on the forum. I posted 4 stories, of which two were completely fake, one was partially true, and one was completely true, and I had the users guess.

    One of the completely fake stories very similar to the real one about the guy just arrested at Aria! In this story, taking place in 1994, I claimed to have uncovered a phone company scam where local office employees were cramming phony charges onto people's bills, and then claiming to have done "cash refunds" for them to correct these bills, when in reality they were just pocketing the money. Not exactly the same, but close. In reality, none of this occurred, and I made it all up for that post. Funny coincidence.
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  3. #3
    I also wonder if this Johnson guy stole from the Aria in other ways over the years, but it was just this scheme where he got caught. Hard to believe that he worked honestly for 9 years and suddenly became a major thief.
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  4. #4
    Pretty silly to think you're going to steal 3/4 million in one year and not get caught, no matter how you're doing it. My guess is he started off moderately but since it didn't bring any heat, he just kept notching it up. I bet your right, had he been a bit more careful, it may never have been noticed.

  5. #5
    As far as why the guy's co-worker who was being lavished with gifts turned in his benefactor, we may not be getting the entire story. Maybe the recipient of those gifts received some of the cash this guy was mis-directing, or was in general worried that when the whip came down that he'd be accused of being a part of the whole thing.

    If not, then the simple explanation would be that "these people" are an envious lot, and self loathing. We know UNKewlJ definitely is, which is probably why he every now and then even denies being gay, and after discussing the whole thing in nauseating detail denied the whole gay marriage and even existence of his dead "soul mate." So the one gay turned in the other even though he was benefiting from the scam, because he couldn't bear the thought that someone was doing better than he was. We see that all the time with UNKewlJ's going on and on about how so and so could not possibly be doing something, because it conflicts with what UNKewlJ read about in books.

    Hand on his hip, shrill whiny voice,
    Originally Posted by kewlJ View Post
    Not on my watch, Mister.
    The gay guy who turned in the gay perpetrator was a rat, and UnKewlJ has these same rat like qualities, constantly too, threatening to turn people into this or that authority. So that characteristic also seems to run with these people, being a rat.
    Last edited by MDawg; 09-08-2023 at 05:06 PM.
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  6. #6
    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    This story has an "only in Vegas" vibe to it.

    Meet Brandon Rasheed Johnson.

    Hey, we finally got a picture of KewlJ.
    "More importantly, mickey thought 8-4 was two games over .500. Argued about it. C'mon, man. Nothing can top that for math expertise. If GWAE ever has you on again, you can be sure I'll be calling in with that gem.'Nuff said." REDIETZ

  7. #7
    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    Meet Brandon Rasheed Johnson
    Originally Posted by mickeycrimm View Post
    Hey, we finally got a picture of KewlJ.
    You can call him BJ, you can call him BraJ, or you can call him KewlJ, but you doesn't has to call him Johnson.

    What Pacific Island does he look like he's from?

  8. #8
    Originally Posted by coach belly View Post
    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    Meet Brandon Rasheed Johnson
    Originally Posted by mickeycrimm View Post
    Hey, we finally got a picture of KewlJ.
    You can call him BJ, you can call him BraJ, or you can call him KewlJ, but you doesn't has to call him Johnson.

    What Pacific Island does he look like he's from?
    Skull Island.

  9. #9
    That's not FraudJ but I wouldn't doubt FraudJ being the boyfriend/escort/whatever that ratted that guy out.

  10. #10
    UNKOOL1 was the rat in this situation, along with being the ultimate attention whore at all cost necessary! What a dubious trifecta
    1-Rat
    2-UNKOOL
    3- Extreme attention whore

    He's the nut low of VCT, GF AND Rusty's house !!!

  11. #11
    Hijacking this thread that is about a Gay Hotel Employee who stole money and used stolen money to give his Gay crush lavish gifts only to be turned in by Gay crush and insulting Kewlj is REALLY low.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zk2WAFzDcrJ7pjNB7

    Take comfort in the fact that no one is actually backing up his wishes to have you permanantly banned.


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  12. #12
    Originally Posted by Tasha View Post
    Hijacking this thread that is about a Gay Hotel Employee who stole money and used stolen money to give his Gay crush lavish gifts only to be turned in by Gay crush and insulting Kewlj is REALLY low.
    I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw this homo's mugshot I IMMEDIATELY thought of his Michelin tire lips slowly exploring every square inch of kew's scrawny butt--inside & out.

  13. #13
    That guy kind of half looks like he doesn't have any remorse, as if he's smirking and half looks sad.
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/Zk2WAFzDcrJ7pjNB7

    Take comfort in the fact that no one is actually backing up his wishes to have you permanantly banned.


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    Wise is knowing a Tomato doesn't belong in a fruit salad.



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  14. #14
    Originally Posted by Tasha View Post
    Hijacking this thread that is about a Gay Hotel Employee who stole money and used stolen money to give his Gay crush lavish gifts only to be turned in by Gay crush and insulting Kewlj is REALLY low.
    Well then by all means, let’s even it out, by adding to the equation some AxelWolf bashing too.

    Lately AWolf has been spouting more nonsense than usual, probably drinking as usual plus taking pain meds for his recent injury. Can't even keep his mouth shut sufficiently to avoid back to back suspensions at WOV. No doubt someone in the real world got tired of his constantly interrupting big mouth and did a professional job on his ribs, which explains the injury. That alcohol and pain meds induced fog, coupled with a memory rivaled only by the Wizard’s in being poor, explains why he’s saying something as stupid as that tips used to be comp’ed routinely – that is patently false.
    Last edited by MDawg; 09-09-2023 at 06:29 AM.
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  15. #15
    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    2) MDawg needs to cool it. He's starting a million threads about kewlJ, and bringing up kewlJ in threads unrelated to him. I understand that this is a long-running feud, but I don't want it taking over this forum, which it has recently.
    Last week Dan Druff wrote the above. And in this thread, a thread started by Druff, Mdawg has hijacked not once but twice now, with posts attacking me and now axelwolf, and Dan Druff says nothingf. This is Mdawg giving Dan Druff a big middle finger!

    Lets hope your football picks come in today Dan Druff because as a forum owner you aren't much, not even enforcing your own rules and warnings.

  16. #16
    Originally Posted by kewlJ View Post
    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    2) MDawg needs to cool it. He's starting a million threads about kewlJ, and bringing up kewlJ in threads unrelated to him. I understand that this is a long-running feud, but I don't want it taking over this forum, which it has recently.
    Last week Dan Druff wrote the above. And in this thread, a thread started by Druff, Mdawg has hijacked not once but twice now, with posts attacking me and now axelwolf, and Dan Druff says nothingf. This is Mdawg giving Dan Druff a big middle finger!

    Lets hope your football picks come in today Dan Druff because as a forum owner you aren't much, not even enforcing your own rules and warnings.
    It is almost as if you don't get what drives this forum.
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  17. #17
    She also doesn't get that her own posts and threads are more of the same driving force.
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  18. #18
    That's telling him, KJ.

    It's one thing to be a teacher's pet yet another thing entirely to try to take over the class room.

    Dan is weak and inconsistent in his moderation, which allows these trolls the opportunity to shit, piss and puke all over this board.

    Still, it's better than tight moderation.
    What, Me Worry?

  19. #19
    Not a bit of it!

    UNKewlJ has been soundly censored and warned about doxxing, gratuitous racism, and more. The rest of us...not so much. This is because he tends to go over the line, while the rest of us have an ability to read the room.

    Tater/Moses: Poor poor KJ. Always the victim.

    UNKewl one (sulking, voice rising to a falsetto whine): I'm the victim here! I'm always the victim! People are always out to get me! I knew you wouldn't understand.

    Originally Posted by Dan Druff View Post
    kewlJ cannot play victim as if everyone is mean and picking on him. Nobody forced him to make up phony stories here. If you do that and get caught, expect the forum to make fun of you
    And of course he comes back and cries like a baby over how unfair it is that he's the only one rebuked.

    Ozzy on the UNKewl one: Kew really has no excuse. Extremely poor ability to read the playing field.
    Last edited by MDawg; 09-09-2023 at 09:42 AM.
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  20. #20
    Originally Posted by Rob.Singer View Post
    Originally Posted by Tasha View Post
    Hijacking this thread that is about a Gay Hotel Employee who stole money and used stolen money to give his Gay crush lavish gifts only to be turned in by Gay crush and insulting Kewlj is REALLY low.
    I don't know about you, but as soon as I saw this homo's mugshot I IMMEDIATELY thought of his Michelin tire lips slowly exploring every square inch of kew's scrawny butt--inside & out.
    Normal people don't fantasize about such things when seeing some dude's mugshot. You should keep your gay fantasies in your closet. You're stating to remind me of Obama.

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