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Sacramento Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Casino ATMs

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Eduardo Ursua Fontillas, 51, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty last Friday before U.S. District Court Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to felony theft and embezzlement from a casino operated by an Indian Tribe.

This case is the product of an investigation by a task force involving the California Department of Justice Bureau of Gambling Control and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.

According to court documents, Fontillas stole more than $125,000 in $1,000 to $1,500 increments from ATMs at the Red Hawk Casino, in Placerville, while servicing the ATMs. The loss was suffered by the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indian Tribe, the Indian Tribal Organization that owns and operates the Red Hawk Casino.

Fontillas’s girlfriend, Rosalina Due Bona, 43, of Sacramento, is also charged with receipt of stolen and embezzled money. Bona allegedly possessed for her own use between $50,000 and $60,000 in cash from the ATMs. Bona is scheduled for a court hearing on October 29, 2010 before Judge Burrell. The charges are only allegations and Bona is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

Fontillas is scheduled for sentencing on December 3, 2010. He faces up to five years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and restitution. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory sentencing factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

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