We've told you about this case that was deadlocked in April. The Picayune Rancheria, the most egregious of California Tribes that had terminated 50% of their tribe, cheating their people out of per capita and other benefits, don't like it when THEY get cheated.
A federal jury in April deadlocked on charges that a former Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino general manager used a corporate credit card to steal from the casino.
Now, the federal government has upped the stakes against Jeff Livingston.
A federal grand jury has handed up a new indictment against the 50-year-old Fresno resident that is much more detailed and includes nine counts. Six of the counts are on mail fraud. The remaining three are on theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands.
Livingston went to trial in April on a two-count indictment. Both counts -- which are also in the new indictment -- were on theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands.
In those counts, authorities alleged that in June and July 2007, Livingston used a Chukchansi corporate credit card for down payments on personal vehicles and also to pay for a Hawaiian vacation package in May 2007.
State investigators at the time said Livingston made a $20,000 down payment on a new Ford Mustang Shelby; a $5,000 down payment on a new Ford Fusion for the casino's former vice president of marketing; and a $7,000 PGA National Golf Championship package in Maui, Hawaii.
He then allegedly tried to conceal the down payments by making it appear as if they were part of a 10-car purchase he made for a casino giveaway.
After a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill, a jury deadlocked 11-1. O'Neill declared a mistrial and, during a later hearing, set a new trial for Sept. 27.
Instead, the grand jury handed up the new indictment.
The new charge of theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands involves Livingston's alleged use of a corporate credit card to buy autographed sports and music memorabilia for himself.
The mail fraud charges involve bills or invoices sent to Chukchansi for items Livingston allegedly bought, as well as credit-card bills with the purported illegal purchases sent to the casino.
Overall, the indictment alleges that Livingston -- a former deputy sheriff in Broward County, Fla., who was named the casino's general manager in 2005 -- defrauded Chukchansi of "at least $48,500." It alleges the thefts occurred between October 2006 and January 2008.
Livingston's attorney, Marc Days, could not be reached for comment. Before the initial trial, Days said the allegations against Livingston weren't true and that his client "did not act with intent to deceive or cheat Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino," according to court documents.
Livingston also could not be reached. The U.S. Attorney's Office declined to comment.