Armored car guard guilty in theft of cash www.privateofficer.com
Keith Wayne Billie, 40, Konawa, pleaded guilty to embezzlement and theft from an Indian tribal organization, according to Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.
Sperling said Billie was a security guard for the Chickasaw Nation Enterprises Armored Car Division and stole approximately $10,000.
Billie was arrested after an investigation by Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse police and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
“The investigation revealed that the defendant feigned an illness and sent his partner inside to pick up another deposit,” Sperling said. “Once the other guard went inside, Billie used his pen to pierce a deposit bag and took a brick of money out and concealed the money in his shirt until the end of his shift.”
Once the deposits were taken to the bank, bank officials notified the Chickasaw Nation of the $10,000. shortage, Sperling said.
Billie’s plea was accepted in federal court and a pre-sentence report was ordered.
He will be sentenced following the completion of the report.
“The statutory range of punishment is not more than five years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines,” Sperling said. “A preliminary calculation of the sentencing guidelines, predicts a term of probation or up to six months imprisonment.”
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