Updated January 26, 2021 - 6:38 pm
Felon and former 311 Boyz gang member Steven Gazlay is awaiting his release from custody after posting a bail bond on charges he swindled a lender out of more than $700,000.
Gazlay, 36, of Las Vegas, has eight felony convictions and was released from prison in 2019. He made headlines in 2003 as a member of the 311 Boyz — a Las Vegas Valley gang that committed a string of violent acts that culminated with the maiming of a teen with a rock.
In his latest criminal case, Gazlay and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Dana Nee of Las Vegas, are charged in warrants with a 2020 mortgage scam that police say defrauded a hard-money lender. Nee previously was known as Dana Bevers.
A handcuffed Gazlay appeared Tuesday in front of Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Pro Tem Holly Stoberski. In court, Gazlay said he should have been released already from jail a week ago, when a bond was posted against his $100,000 bail.
“We have an unconstitutional incarceration issue that is currently ongoing,” Gazlay said. “I have, in essence, been denied my right to bail through no fault of my own. My bail has been posted. I have been unlawfully detained. This has prejudiced my defense. This has also denied me the ability to be able to retain private counsel.”
Stoberski acknowledged that Gazlay’s release was imminent. She said delays at the Clark County Detention Center in getting electronic monitoring for Gazlay in place via an ankle bracelet have slowed his release from the jail.
Las Vegas police said Gazlay used identity theft and a string of false documents to persuade a Yuma, Arizona, lender to issue a $707,375 home equity loan to Gazlay on a property he did not own. Police said Gazlay then used some of the money to fund a gambling spree in Las Vegas.
Gazlay and Nee are charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft and mortgage lending fraud. Gazlay also faces charges of coercion, forgery and obtaining another person’s identity.
Nee was also in court Tuesday. She was previously identified by police and prosecutors in court records as Dana Bevers. She confirmed that Nee is now her legal name after a recent divorce.
Her attorney, Paul Adras, declined to comment on the charges against her.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Colleen Baharav said that two other judges addressed the bail setting for Gazlay during prior court appearances and that Gazlay had to post bond and put up collateral to be released.
“Once house arrest has a bracelet, he is free to be released,” Baharav said.