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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Jeff Livingston, THIEF of Chukchansi Gold Casino, Convicted and Faces 20 Years. Ian Garriques Leads Successful Prosecution

The Picayune Rancheria, who stole MILLIONS from their own people, yet faced no consequences, have seen their former General Manager of their casino convicted of theft.  Using business credit card for personal use. (want to be the council members have done that?)

United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced that Jeff Livingston, 51, of Las Vegas, was convicted today of six counts of mail fraud and three counts of theft by an officer or employee of an Indian gaming establishment, stemming from his embezzlement and theft of money and property from the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino. The guilty verdict was returned on all counts by a federal jury in Fresno after a five-day trial before United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill.

The evidence at trial showed that from October 2006 through October 2007, Livingston, Chukchansi’s general manger, executed a scheme to defraud Chukchansi by making a series of personal purchases using his business credit card and other Chukchansi funds. By accounting for such purchases as business purchases, Livingston caused the casino to pay for the items and defrauded the casino of its money and property. The personal purchases included a golf package to Hawaii, down payments on personal vehicles, a diamond necklace, and autographed sports and music memorabilia, including an autographed Master’s jacket. Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino is owned and operated by the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, a federally recognized Indian tribe in Madera County.   OP:  This sounds very much like what the shorter brother of Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro did that caused the tribe to take away HIS credit cards.  Isn't that CRIMINAL TOO?

According to United States Attorney Benjamin Wagner, “The United States will vigorously prosecute those who seek to defraud legitimate gaming establishments operated by federally recognized Indian tribes in California.”   OP:  BEN, see comment above.

This case is the product of an extensive investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control. Assistant United States Attorneys Ian Garriques and Kirk Sherriff prosecuted the case.

Livingston is scheduled to be sentenced on September 2, 2011. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.

Note:  corrected the spelling in the title. 

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

So does that mean if my family took me out for dinner once and put it on the casino credit card that a crime?It only happened once thats ok is it not?

Anonymous said...

blah blah blah.

carebear said...

Reading this blog leads me to believe that humanity has very much to learn. judgemnet is placed by induviduals that need to look at themselves.

what was your casino before he came there, and why have you disenrolled members & did your own dirty work.

If he did all the things you alledge, then who was monitoring his actions. or do you people not know how do handle your business.

freedom of speech is a wonderful thing. allows me to tell the stupid people who believe your nonsense, that you people are sad. needing non-indians to run your business? but then cry poor us when you fail to keep track of your money or financial books?

so sad for your future & that of your children.
hate & ignorance rarely lead to a life of happiness!!!

sham on you all!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well , it very sadly for what they have cause of all tribe while they're in church you should not go there! You know what you're? Well I think you always carry guilty guilty! You should be shame of all when you done you always will feel dirty! God said no selfish, always share with people who are family ! Period"

Anonymous said...

mr. livingston's crimes are but a drop in the bucket compared to those allegedly committed by members of tribal government entities...

tribal chair and enrollment committee allegedly illegally enrolling one hundred people into the tribe during early 2008, even though picayune supposedly in enrollment moratorium?

tribal government official allegedly embezzling 250 thousand dollars from housing in order to build one's self a house?

tribal government official allegedly utilizing tribal credit card to purchase personal items, including tires?

tribal government official allegedly in personal possession of a motorcycle purchased as a promotional prize for chukchansi gold casino?

tribal government officials allegedly utilizing huge sums of money for travel, hotel, conference registration fees, etc. while millions coming due in the very near future on casino and hotel construction finance note?

the difference between mr. livingston's offenses and the others alleged?

mr. livingston--a non-tribal member--has been thoroughly prosecuted in federal court for his crimes, while those in tribal government capacities for the most part go untried or receive a slap on the wrist for a month or two...

federal prison and a million dollar fine versus a 60 day suspension from one's position, or in many cases no sanctions at all...

which would YOU choose?

Anonymous said...

What ever happen to Rayn Robbison. he was arested for steeling money from pechanga. Remember he was first the casinos controler then the tribes finance advisor.

Anonymous said...

Someone said: “Whatever happened to Ryan Robinson?”

If he has a brain in his head he is cooperating with the authorities by rating out Tribal Officials and is living a long ways from here under a new name in a witness protection plan.

smokeybear said...

Livingston is scheduled to be sentenced on September 2, 2011. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. QUESTION: DOES THIS MEAN HE COULD ACTUALLY GET OFF WITH, MAYBE A FINE/SLAP ON THE HAND? MAYBE TURN STATES EVIDENCE AGAINST OTHERS THAT HAVE PULLED THE SAMETHING? YOU HAVE GOT TO KNOW HE ISN'T THE ONLY "SKUNK IN THE CLOSET." WITH A "RAT" IN THE KNOW, THEY MAY OFFER HIM SOME KIND OF IMMUNITY FROM SOME OF(IF NOT ALL OF) HIS ILLEGAL DEALINGS. I GUESS WE'LL HAVE TO HIDE AND WATCH HOW THIS IS GOING TO UNFOLD.

Anonymous said...

The ole stank hole prick and tribal official azzhole pricks!!!
Hang around the fort greedy Indians, just to see when they get their chance to fool & decieve all the natives.
Those damned indians and non-indians are worst than the indian agents, indian spies that are lurking for their their evil chance to curse the tribal indians... an to take-steal-swindle-scam, the flippin scum-bum bungholes!

Anonymous said...

So...what u trying to say? LOL

Anonymous said...

Watch Quarry 4 via pe.com;
The circus was in town. Miranda, Basquez, Basquez, etc all flapping their lying lips; letting loose the flies of beezlebub.

Nervy bastards representing themselves as Pechanga.

Laura Miranda is lawless; she is cause for disbarment.

Was there a new election? Mention of Basquez, etc council.

Basquez Jr. looking like wild black baboon citing false legacy. Baboon was performing his shuck and jive...adoption is NOT legal criterion for legal enrollment.

No shame...Laura Miranda was nervy enough to do her own shuck and jive; bitch was acting all huffy as she lied and lied.

There was a question asked about whether 'protected' sites were used for development...guess what? people slated for testimony fled the scene like the liars they are.

Anonymous said...

Effing Macarro brothers also slated to lie their asses off....will any of them tell truth of why golf course was built on sacred lands? stay tuned.....

Anonymous said...

Hey Mark and your Little Monkey Brother…..Tic Toc ..Tic Toc.. Tic Toc.

The Time is getting closer.

smokeybear said...

QUESTION: DON'T YOU THINK THAT PECHANGAS' GOVERNING BODY ACTUALLY KNOWS OF ALL THE CORRUPTION AND DECEITFUL ACTS PERPETRATED BY THE "MACARRO CARTEL?" DON'T YOU THINK THAT THEY MAY BE GETTING A LITTLE "UNNERVED" AT THE POSSIBLE CONSEQUENCES OF SAID ACTS? RUMOR HAS IT THAT MARK MACARRO AND HIS HENCHMEN AREN'T THE .."LOVES OF THE PECHANGA MEMBERSHIPS LIVES".. ANYMORE. THEY MUST BE WAITING FOR THE "HAMMER TO FALL" WHEN THE CORRUPTION CARD AGAINST PECHANGA COMES INTO PLAY. AND IT WILL. THINK ABOUT IT: IF YOU TELL A LIE, YOU HAVE TO HAVE AN AWFULL GOOD MEMORY, AND AS DEMONSTRATED BY THE "MACARRO CARTEL" THEY DON'T. THAT IS WHY THEY ALWAY GET CAUGHT IN A LIE. IF YOU TELL A LIE, THEN ANOTHER,.....YOU LOSE SIGHT OF WHAT IS OR ISN'T A LIE. THE PECHANGA TRIBAL COUNCIL HAS TO START TAKING SOME ACTION AGAINST MARK AND HIS HENCHMEN BEFORE THEY ALSO GET CAUGHT UP IN THE AFTERMATH OF WHAT WILL BE, "INDICTMENTS FOR CORRUPTION." IT'S STARTING TO HAPPEN WITH OTHER TRIBES, AND I FOR ONE, CAN'T WAIT FOR MARK TO GET HIS JUST REWARD FOR ALL THE ILLEGAL, AND UNJUST ACTIONS HE HAS PUT UPON THE PECHANGA INDIAN NATION. THERE ARE OTHERS THAT HAVE DISGRACED WHAT IS RIGHT, DECENT, AND JUST IN THE MEMBERSHIP, BOTH INDIANS AND NON-INDIANS THAT HAVE HELPED MARK AND HIS HENCHMEN TO STEAL THE RIGHTS OF LEGITIMATE BORN INDIANS AT PECHANGA BY ILLEGAL DISENROLLMENTS, BANISHMENTS, AND A MORITORIUM THAT KEEPS OTHER LEGITIMATE INDIANS OUT IN THE COLD, WILL FINALLY GET THEIR JUST COME-UP-ENCE WHEN THE "MACARRO CARTEL" FALLS TO CORRUPTION. HIDE AND WATCH AS THIS UNFOLDS, FOR YOU CAN HIDE CORRUPTION ONLY SO LONG, THEN IT ALL COMES APART IN A BIG WAY. "THE CLOCK IS TICKING! MARK, YOU LISTENING? YOU BETTER. WHEN THEY START LOOKING AT WHAT YOU HAVE DONE TO YOUR TRIBE, ..."YOU ARE GOING TO "SEE" WHAT HAPPENS" WHEN YOU GET CAUGHT WITH "YOUR HAND IN THE COOKIE JAR," AND THERE ISN'T ANYTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT. THE DAMAGE IS DONE, AND THERE IS NO "DAMAGE CONTROL" FOR YOU OR YOUR HENCHMENT. JUST BE AWARE, IT IS COMING WITH A "VENGENCE."

Anonymous said...

ya bitch miranda, and monkey boy haha! WHY DON'T ANY OF YOU COME DOWN TO THE STREET AT THE PROTEST? because your PUNK ASS THIEF'S and BITCHES!

smokeybear said...

YOUR RIGHT THEY ARE THEEVES AND LIARS OF THE WORST KIND. "YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE." YOUR DAY OF JUDGEMENT IS EMINANT. WHEN "THE HAMMER FALLS" ON MARK MACARRO AND HIS HENCHMEN, HE WILL TAKE YOU DOWN WITH HIM. JUST BE PREPARED.

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people said...

all my relations...

as posted on facebook by picayune rancheria of the chukchansi indians tribal council member dora jones on june 16th, 20ll:

"Headed to the Jeff Livingston trial today. I hope he gets the slammer. He did our tribe sooooooo wrong. These people that think they can rip tribes off need to know we are not going to put up with it."

tribal council member jones, and the rest of the prci tribal council past and present, appears to be living in denial in regards to her/their personal role in "ripping off" from hundreds of their chukchansi relations something MUCH more valuable than money--the theft of their very IDENTITY as indian people...

in response, i say "I hope THEY (the offending and corrupt tribal governments engaging in dismemberment) get the slammer. They did our PEOPLE SOOOOOOO (7 O's for the 7 generations of our People) wrong. These people that think they can rip off THEIR OWN KIN AND RELATIONS FOR THEIR VERY IDENTITY AND BIRTHRIGHT AS INDIAN PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WE ARE NOT GOING TO PUT UP WITH IT."

more importantly...you take what you have done in this life against your own people to the spirit world with you...even if you never take--or are made to take--responsibility for your genocidal actions against your own blood in this world...grandfather sees and knows all...where will your place be in the spirit world?

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people

!!!bring the people--ALL the people--home to picayune!!!

Unknown said...

I, along with 80 plus members of my family, were disenrolled some years ago when my great aunt daisy was our tribal chair.
they should be ashamed of how they turned their back on their members.
shame on you chukchansi tribal council, shame on you.

Anonymous said...

When Jeff Livingston was the CEO for my tribe, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan, I personally wrote to all the Tribal Counselors letting them know about what Jeff Livingston meant to our tribe and cautioned them against his actions.

None of them ever acknowledged my letter.

His arrest and subsequent Guilty verdict affirms what I was warning them about so many years ago.

I am sorry, Pechange Tribe, but my tribe terminated him a year after I was gone. They saw through his ways but only after a great deal of lost capital from payout on unfinished projects and from paying his his humungous salary.

If I was 12, I would say to them..."I told ya so..."