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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Oklahoma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, December 12, 2013

Jury Returns Guilty Verdicts Against Former Indian Casino Cashier And Her Husband

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Kimberly Dawn Logsdon, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was convicted yesterday of embezzling from an Indian casino, announced Sanford C. Coats, United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. The jury also convicted both her and her husband, William Michael Logsdon, of failing to file federal tax returns.

The Silver Buffalo Casino was an Indian gaming establishment in Anadarko, Oklahoma, operated by the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma. Kimberly Logsdon was employed as a cashier clerk at the casino from July 25, 2007, until her termination on December 3, 2008. The jury heard evidence that from January of 2008 through November of 2008, Ms. Logsdon double-counted certain winning cashout vouchers presented by casino customers for payment and kept a total of $174,472.56. She duplicated payments by treating certain vouchers both as scanned by the computer system and as unscanned vouchers that were not entered into the casino’s computer system. The evidence also showed that neither she nor her husband, William Logsdon, filed federal income tax returns for 2008, in spite of having at least $144,800.00 in gross gambling winnings between May and December of 2008.

Following a five-day trial, the jury deliberated approximately four hours before finding Mrs. Logsdon guilty of embezzlement and both Mr. and Mrs. Logsdon guilty of failing to file federal tax returns. The jury was unable to reach unanimous verdicts on charges that Mr. Logsdon failed to report his wife’s embezzlement to law enforcement and that he committed perjury before a federal grand jury.

As a result of her conviction for casino embezzlement, Ms. Logsdon faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine, plus mandatory restitution. Both defendants could be sentenced to one year in prison and a fine of $100,000 for failing to file federal tax returns. Reference is made to the second superseding indictment and other public filings for further information.

This case is the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott E. Williams and Travis D. Smith.