- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

CHARENTON, La. (AP) - State police say the general manager and chief financial officer of the Chitimacha Tribe’s casino in St. Mary Parish have been arrested on charges of theft after an investigation found they allegedly manipulated the casino’s personnel database.

State police say the Chitimacha Tribe did an internal investigation at its Cypress Bayou Casino and alerted investigators in January about a possible crime committed by senior management at the casino.

Troopers say Anthony Patrone, the general manager, and Monte Spivey, the chief financial officer, were arrested Wednesday on charges of felony theft, computer fraud and obstruction of justice.

Investigators say the pair made it appear that a former inactive employee was active and qualified for an annual bonus of $5,700 dollars. Investigators say the two managers then concealed the money transfer.

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