LAS VEGAS —AP - A woman wanted on fraud and theft charges jumped 35 floors to her death from the MGM Grand Hotel on Friday.
A search warrant released Friday shows investigators forced their way into Elizabeth DeMaria’s room at the MGM Grand on Tuesday and saw her throw a laptop computer off the balcony before jumping herself.
DeMaria, 46, was charged in 2010 with 11 counts of fraud and 11 counts of theft. She was accused of conning nine victims out of $200,000 by telling them they were investing in a media company called The Vegas Channel. Authorities say she allegedly bought luxury items for herself instead.
After tracking her to the resort, the investigators knocked and announced their intent to serve a bench warrant for her failure to show at a court-mandated May 10 status check when she was out of jail on bail. A female voice could be heard in the room, but requests to open the door were ignored.
After she jumped, police were called to the scene, and a white stone ring and a brooch were found in the room.
Documents found on the bed referred to Secretary of State Ross Miller and Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Also found was a U.S. passport under the name Lisa Victoria, the name she used to check into the MGM Grand.
Investigators said DeMaria had been renting the room since the day she failed to appear in court. While staying at the MGM Grand, she posted “disparaging blogs about witnesses related to her criminal prosecution,” according to the warrant.
Guess she got tired of tryna function with legal problems.. I’m more shocked that someone on the run actually got a room at the MGM Grand. She was trying to get caught.. MGM Grand in Vegas is actually one of the worst places in the world for a criminal to attempt to hide out. They have high-tech surveillance equipment that can scan your face and look for warrants on you.
IN ADDITION this has only been made public because she is a criminal.. Vegas doesn’t not report casino suicides normally.