Thomas Fabius, the son of France’s foreign minister faces criminal charges in the United States over allegations that he taking money and gambling chips in exchange for several bad cheques to casinos in Las Vegas. He is now the object of an arrest warrant in Nevada.
According to his arrest warrant, Fabius wrote bad cheques totaling more than $3.5 million to cover gambling debts incurred on the night of May 15, 2012, the day before his father, Laurent Fabius, officially became foreign minister in Francois Hollande’s Socialist government.
According to the court filings from April 2013, Thomas Fabius amassed heavy losses during his gambling binge in a string of Las Vegas casinos, and passed bad cheques from three different bank accounts, from $100,000 to $1 million, to obtain cash or gaming chips totalling about $3.5 million.
The scandal is not the first in life of the 33 year-old son of the French minister. He is currently banned from frequenting casinos in France, where Société Générale bank filed a legal complaint against him in 2011 for writing a false email in its name in order to secure credit in a casino in Marrakesh. Thomas Fabius also has been reported to have spent millions of dollars in casinos in the past and was investigated in 2013 for fraud and money laundering over a shady real estate deal.
French Far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called on Foreign minister Laurent Fabius to resign, saying the US arrest warrant perturbing the actions of a minister who has very regular discussions and negotiations with America on crucial issues.