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David Arlyn Campbell Sentenced in U.S. District Cour

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Bill Mercer, United States Attorney for the District of Montana, announced today that during a federal court session in Great Falls, on February 19, 2009, before U.S. District Judge Sam E. Haddon, DAVID CAMPBELL, a 50-year-old resident of Wolf Point, appeared for sentencing. CAMPBELL was sentenced to a term of:

  • Probation: 4 years
  • Special Assessment: $100
  • Restitution: $3,500

CAMPBELL 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 CAMPBELL, who was the General Manager at the time, but was later replaced.

At the time, CAMPBELL 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 that 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 Raymond Beauchman, the Assistant Manager, 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.

CAMPBELL worked at the casino for approximately 17 years, and was the Night Shift Supervisor beginning in October 2006. CAMPBELL was the Acting Casino Manager from March 2005 until the Casino Manager was hired for the position in October 2006. CAMPBELL informed investigators that the casino has a long history of employees stealing from it, and he was not surprised to learn of the missing money in October 2007.

On January 15, 2008, CAMPBELL was interviewed by the FBI. Although he initially maintained that he had never stolen any funds from the Silver Wolf Casino, CAMPBELL ultimately admitted that he was responsible for stealing approximately $3,500 from the casino. CAMPBELL stated that he stole the money between July 2005 and November 2007. CAMPBELL recalled stealing amounts of $55 and $200. CAMPBELL stated he regularly stole small quantities of cash from the secure "count room" to which he possessed a key.

Beauchman pled guilty to federal charges and has been sentenced.

Because there is no parole in the federal system, the "truth in sentencing" guidelines mandate that CAMPBELL will likely serve all of the time imposed by the court. In the federal system, CAMPBELL 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 Carl E. Rostad prosecuted the case for the United States.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Glasgow.



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