Salem Man Pleads Guilty to Theft of Funds from Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
POCATELLO – Cody Ray Blackman, 33, of Salem, Oregon, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court to the theft of money from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. Blackman was indicted by the federal grand jury in Pocatello on September 22, 2015.
Blackman was previously employed by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes as the manager of the Shoshone-Bannock Hotel Events Center. He was terminated from that position on November 20, 2014. On January 10, 2015, at a bank branch in Lakewood, Washington, Blackman withdrew $2500.00 from an account belonging to the Hotel Events Center. He made the withdrawal without authorization, kept the proceeds and spent the money on personal items. Blackman recently repaid the money to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.
The charge of theft from a tribal organization is punishable by up to five years in prison, up to three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $250,000.
Blackman is scheduled to be sentenced on November 8, 2016, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Pocatello.
The case was investigated by the Fort Hall Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).