SACRAMENTO, CA—United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced today that Eduardo Ursua Fontillas, 51, of Sacramento, was charged yesterday by a federal complaint with felony theft and embezzlement crimes. The complaint was issued by U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Kimberly J. Mueller.
This case is the product of extensive combined 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 the court documents, Fontillas is charged with stealing over $125,000 from ATMs at the Red Hawk Casino in Placerville. He is alleged to have stolen the cash in increments of $1,000 and $1,500 from November 2009 through June 2010, 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. The investigation revealed that Bona possessed for her own personal use between $50,000 and $60,000 in ATM cash proceeds.
Each defendant is facing up to five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, restitution, and federal supervised release of up to three years. 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.
The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.