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Falsified Mandalay Bay security report led to controversy

This week’s battle of the six minutes between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and MGM Resorts International, the owner of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, was an ever-changing story of convoluted timelines and statements on both sides with no supporting evidence released by either side.

The dispute involved was whether Mandalay Bay Security Officer, Jesus Campos was shot at at 9:59 p.m. a full six minutes before the gunman opened fire at 10:05 p.m. or after the gunman had already opened fire on the crowd and what time Campos called in about the shooting.

On Thursday MGM Resorts International released the statement, “The 9:59 p.m. PDT time was derived from a Mandalay Bay report was manually created after the fact without benefit of information we now have.” “We are now confident that the time stated in this report is not accurate.”

In simple terms what MGM Resorts International said was that someone put false information into a report. Of course, they did not elaborate on what that new information was, what report they were referring to, or what employee was responsible.

Placing the wrong information into any official company report is a serious matter in the corporate world. From a risk management standpoint, it puts into question the validity of any other reports.

On Friday, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at his press conference, “I stand by the time of 9:59 p.m.” “It wasn’t inaccurate when I provided it to you. The circumstances associated with it is inaccurate.” “I am very well aware of the MGM statement provided yesterday. I agree with their statement, I am not in conflict with that statement, but here’s what I will tell you.” “We were provided the timeline of 2159 [9:59 p.m.] as a human entry into the security log.”

Lombardo didn’t elaborate on what that entry into the security log was.

Lombardo stated he now believes Campos received his wounds in close proximity to 10:05 p.m. and that timeline has been confirmed according to Lombardo.

Neither the LVMPD or MGM Resorts International has provided any documentation yet to back up this current version of events.






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Doug Poppa

Doug Poppa is a US Army Military Police Veteran, former law enforcement officer, criminal investigator and private sector security and investigations management professional with 40 years of experience. In 1986 Mr. Poppa was awarded “Criminal Investigator of the Year” by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia for his undercover work in narcotics enforcement. He was also re-assigned to the Northern Virginia Regional Narcotics Enforcement Task Force for 18 months. In 1991 and again in 1992 Mr. Poppa’s testimony under oath in court led to the discovery that exculpatory evidence was withheld from the defense by the prosecutor and sheriff’s office officials during the 1988 trial of a man accused of attempted murder of his wife that led to his conviction. As a result of his testimony the man was ordered released from prison, given a new trial in 1992 and found not guilty. Mr. Poppa became the subject of local and national news media attention as a result of his testimony which led to the demise of his 12-year police career. After losing his job, at the request of the FBI, Mr. Poppa infiltrated in an undercover capacity a group of men who were plotting the kidnapping of a Dupont Chemical fortune heir and his wife in 1992. His stories have been featured on Inside Edition, A Current Affair, and CBS News’ Street Stories with Ed Bradley. Contact the author.

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