Noose at Resorts World discovered days after subcontractor forwarded racist email 

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An aerial view shows Genting Group's $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas under construction in May. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The Resorts World construction worker who discovered a noose in his work area last month is an employee of Bombard Electric, the sister company of Bombard Mechanical, whose president forwarded a racist email last month to colleagues and employees. 

“There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.,” the message begins. “And then there are just Americans. You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.” 

The screed, which the Current is not printing, tries to make the case that only white people are labeled as racists, and in the process, reels off a variety of slurs aimed at Black, Asian, Latino and Arab people, including repeated use of the N-word. 

Resorts World is owned by Genting, a Malaysian company. 

The rant was forwarded by Jeff Austin, business development manager at Lawyers Mechanical Services to colleagues, including Bombard Mechanical president Angelo Iannucci, who used his company email to forward it to “all users” on June 21. Iannucci also sent it to Bombard Electric president Ken Kefalas.  

“I thought the email was inappropriate and it doesn’t reflect our company’s values,” Kefalas said Thursday.

The noose was discovered three days later by a Bombard Electric employee who is Black, said William Stanley, an official with Southern Nevada Building Trades.

“It was information. I was just passing it along given what’s going on,” Iannucci said Monday, in an apparent reference to racial unrest plaguing the U.S. He hung up when the Current inquired whether forwarding the email company-wide could give rise to a hostile workplace complaint. 

Iannucci, a managing member of the company, is also on the board of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Foundation, a non-profit organization with close ties to the police department.

The Bombard companies are owned by a subsidiary of Montana Dakota Utilities.

“Integrity is a key tenet of our company and we expect employees to act with integrity in all aspects of business,” said a spokesperson for Montana Dakota Utilities.  “The content of this email is unacceptable and does not reflect our values. We are reviewing this event.” 

When the Current contacted LMS about the email, the company said it was taking appropriate disciplinary action and conducting an all-hands meeting. 

An FBI spokeswoman would not say if the email is part of the agency’s investigation into the noose.

“There is no excuse for symbols or acts of racism and hatred to be present on our site and will not be tolerated,” Resorts World Las Vegas said in a statement. “We strive to achieve a diverse workforce and are committed to creating an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for all.”

“The general contractor contacted the police and the FBI,” a spokesperson for MDU Construction Services Group said in a statement. “We worked with the authorities on their investigation.”

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.