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Known prostitute arrested for stealing $90K from Las Vegas tourist on Fourth of July

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Posted at 12:19 PM, Aug 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-14 13:12:32-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A Las Vegas woman and prostitute has been arrested for stealing $90,000 in cash from one of her clients on the Fourth of July.

Police say a man named Ronald Moore was passing through Las Vegas on his way to Arizona to buy a house when he contacted the woman through GatorEscort.com.

He picked 22-year-old Talisha Ferguson, who has been arrested several times for prostitution, near the El Cortez hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas and took her to his hotel room at Westgate hotel-casino on Paradise Road.

Ferguson asked Moore what he was doing in town and he told her about the house and cash.

Before having sex, she asked him if she could see the money, which was in a brown paper bag, because she had never seen that much cash at once. He showed her and they proceeded to have sex, according to the arrest report for Ferguson.

After sex, Ferguson complained of stomach pain because of her menstrual period and asked to use the bathroom. Moore reportedly gave permission and fell asleep while the alleged prostitute was in the bathroom.

When he woke up several hours later, he discovered the woman and his money were gone.

Las Vegas police were able to obtain surveillance video of the woman entering and leaving the hotel-casino. It appeared on the video that she was carrying something much heavier upon her departure than when she arrived. She got into an unknown Lincoln Navigator in the valet area after exiting the property.

The victim showed police the phone number that he had for the woman. They were able to find it on multiple advertisements posted online. Police also discovered that a woman named Talisha Ferguson had given them the same number when she contacted them about various incidents.

Police made contact with Ferguson through the phone number and arranged a date. Police were then able to arrest her at the pickup spot. During a police interview, Ferguson confirmed that she met the man for sex but denied she stole the money. It was not noted in the report if the money was recovered.

Ferguson is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.