Raymond D. Beauchman Sentenced in U.S. District Cour
Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on February 11, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, RAYMOND D. BEAUCHMAN, a 63-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. BEAUCHMAN was sentenced to a term of:
- Probation: 4 years
- Special Assessment: $100
- Restitution: $2,500
BEAUCHMAN was sentenced in connection with his guilty plea to theft from an Indian gaming establishment.
In an Offer of Proof filed by the United States, the government stated it would have proved at trial the following:
On October 12, 2007, the General Manager for the Silver Wolf Casino in Wolf Point reported that the Silver Wolf Casino had recently completed an audit and discovered a loss of $21,845.61. The loss was first discovered by the casino's bookkeeper. The bookkeeper told the General Manager that the money count for some of the casino's slot machines came up with money shortages and/or money overages.
In September 2006, when the bookkeeper had initially discovered the missing money, she had mentioned it to the General Manager, who at that time was "D.C." (later identified as a co-conspirator).
At the time, D.C. represented to the bookkeeper that the losses were not in fact losses, but the result of machine malfunctions. Accepting that explanation, the bookkeeper assumed that there was no actual financial issue with the operation of the gaming facility. However, when the bookkeeper returned to the casino after two months of being absent, she noticed the losses had increased significantly, and the amounts missing were in even dollar amounts, for example $100, $200 and $500. These amounts could no longer be explained away as mechanical failures. The same machines kept showing short. These machines were played regularly and were in an area where the security cameras could not adequately record the activities. The bookkeeper found that BEAUCHMAN, the assistant manager of the casino beginning in 1992, was only conducting weekly audits (instead of the required daily audits), and was not recording the losses. An in-depth review showed the losses dated back as far as October 2006.
BEAUCHMAN'S duties consisted primarily of conducting money counts in the mornings and spending the rest of the day tending to managerial duties. Money counts were conducted with a security person. Once the money count was completed, the results were reported to the bookkeeper. When BEAUCHMAN initially heard about the amount of money lost, he did not believe that it was $20,000, he believed it was closer to $10,000.
On January 16, 2008, BEAUCHMAN was interviewed by the FBI. Although BEAUCHMAN initially maintained that he had never stolen any funds from the Silver Wolf Casino, he later confessed that he was responsible for stealing approximately $2,500 from the casino. BEAUCHMAN stated that he stole the money between January 2007 and July 2007. BEAUCHMAN stated he regularly stole small quantities of cash from the "video box."
Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that BEAUCHMAN will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, BEAUCHMAN does have the opportunity to earn a sentence reduction for "good behavior." However, this reduction will not exceed 15% of the overall sentence.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Vince Carroll prosecuted the case for the United States.
The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Glasgow.