Secretary of State Ross Miller says law enforcement and public assisted in arrest of Jamal Eljwaidi, suspected of bilking millions from investors
(Carson City, NV; July 29, 2009) – Law enforcement officers, including investigators from Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office, today arrested Jamal Eljwaidi of Las Vegas. Eljwaidi is suspected of running a multi-million dollar real estate investment scheme involving dozens of victims around the world.
The Secretary of State’s office was informed by U.S. Customs agents that Eljwaidi had boarded a flight from London to Las Vegas. Eljwaidi’s arrest warrant had been posted on the National Crime Information Center used by law enforcement agencies to detect the movement of suspected criminals.
The suspect was apprehended as he arrived at the international terminal just after 4 PM today and was taken to Clark County Jail.
“This suspect is in custody due to the hard work of my investigators, cooperation from law enforcement agencies, and the tremendous assistance we got from the public in defining the scope of the fraud,” said Secretary of State Ross Miller. “We appreciate everyone’s cooperation and expect this will end the career of one professional scam artist.”
The arrest warrant for Eljwaidi, also known as Jean Marc, was issued May 14, 2009. The Secretary of State’s investigation led to the filing that same day of a criminal complaint against Eljwaidi, accusing him of bilking a vulnerable Las Vegas senior citizen of $400,000. Investigators executed a search warrant on Eljwaidi’s West Russell Road office in June. Evidence seized there and information that poured in from the public will likely lead to additional charges, including securities fraud, obtaining money under false pretenses, and racketeering. A status hearing is scheduled in Justice Court, Department 2, this Friday.