Maloof Brother Accuses Former Girlfriend of Stealing $400K

Posted on: October 11, 2023, 01:11h. 

Last updated on: October 11, 2023, 03:26h.

Vegas Knights co-owner Gavin Maloof has accused a former girlfriend and one of her friends of stealing more than $400K from him. Along with his family, Gavin co-owned the Palms Casino in Las Vegas and the Sacramento Kings before purchasing the NHL team.

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Gavin Maloof, center, and his brothers, George and Joe, co-owned the Palms Casino and Sacramento Kings. Now, they co-own the Vegas Golden Knights NHL team. (Image: Bleacher Report)

Jennifer Jean-Kathreen Courtemanche, 44, and Brittany Anne Burgess were named as co-defendants in a criminal complaint filed on October 4 in Las Vegas Justice Court, according to KLAS-TV.

Both women face three counts of felony theft in addition to conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to launder or attempt to launder money, and laundering or attempted laundering of money or property, which are gross misdemeanors.

The investigation began earlier this year after Maloof reported receiving harassing messages from unknown phone numbers, KLAS reported. Las Vegas police traced the numbers to Courtemanche, who was his girlfriend at the time, sources told the TV station.

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According to the criminal complaint filed by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, Courtemanche used the AppleCash app on Maloof’s cell phone to transfer approximately $100K in 2021, $275K in 2022, and $75K in 2023 to bank accounts she controlled.

As of Tuesday, a Las Vegas Justice Court judge had not yet reviewed the case or approved a warrant for an arrest.

The Maloofs sold their majority ownership stake in the Palms in 2011 to private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners LP and TPG Capital to cover its reported debt of $400 million. They sold the Sacramento Kings in 2017 for a reported $535 million.

In 2016, the Maloofs purchased 15% of the Golden Knights, along with Fidelity National Financial chair Bill Foley, for a total of $500 million.