Charges: San Francisco man duped Vikings out of luxury suite for 2 games

One of them was the 49ers game.
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A man from San Francisco has been charged with swindling the Minnesota Vikings out of the use of a $35,000 luxury suite for two games last season.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Daniel Garcia Escamilla III, 39, who is charged with three counts of swindle and one count of theft by false representation.

According to a criminal complaint, Escamilla, of San Francisco, cut the Vikings a personal check for $37,000 to the Vikings for the home game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 9 last year.

Four days after the game, which the Vikings won 24-16, the Vikings attempted to cash the check only for it to bounce as the account had been closed.

Escamilla apologized for the bad check and promised to send the money, and then said he'd also like to rent the same suite for the Buffalo Bills game on Sept. 23 (which the Vikings, erm, did not win.)

He sent another check for $35,000 along with another $190,000 to secure the suite for more Vikings games. 

Soon after, the Vikings learned that Escamilla had a long criminal history of financial fraud, and realized that the second and third checks he'd written were from a closed bank account.

While Escamilla didn't turn up for the Bills game, the Vikings did hold the suite empty for him since he'd reserved it.

The Vikings sent letters demanding to get payments to Escamilla, but they returned with no forwarding address.

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Police found that the checks Escamilla had given to the Vikings had come from a bank account opened using false social security numbers, and had been closed between May and July 2018 "due to the Defendant repeatedly issuing debts without legitimate funds."

Further investigation found that Escamilla signed a $40,000 lease for a large apartment at Nic on 5th, the luxury apartment complex in downtown Minneapolis.

Escamilla didn't provide a security deposit for the lease, but "reportedly hosted a gathering at his apartment prior to the 49ers game."

He was evicted in late September, and has since fled the building.

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