A gambler’s protracted battle with Resorts World Las Vegas reached a new level Monday with a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that accuses the Strip casino-resort company and its former president of negligence and the infliction of emotional distress for failing to prevent known fraudsters and persons convicted of gambling-related crimes from playing in the casino.
The lawsuit filed by attorneys Marshall Cole and David Merrill on behalf of California resident Robert J. Cipriani, who goes by the moniker “Robin Hood 702” on social media, comes following the ouster of Resorts World Las Vegas President Scott Sibella for a violation of company policy amid press reports of an ongoing investigation by IRS Criminal Investigations and U.S. Homeland Security agents of Las Vegas hotels, including Resorts World. A subpoena associated with the investigation calls on the casino-hotel to turn over communications between resort officials and former casino customers.
The lawsuit describes Cipriani as an “avid gambler, activist, and prolific philanthropist who regularly donates substantial monies to educational, environmental, and poverty alleviating charitable causes, among others.” Cipriani made news in 2022 when he was charged with theft and cheating at gambling at Resorts World following a November 2021 dispute in the casino with convicted Kizzang fraudster and gambler Robert Alexander. The charges were later reduced to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.