CHARENTON — State troopers arrested the general manager and chief financial officer of Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton Wednesday on allegations both played a role in stealing $5,700 from the business by manipulating its personnel database.
Anthony Patrone, the casino’s general manager, and Monte Spivey, its chief financial officer, each face counts of felony theft, computer fraud and obstruction of justice, State Police said in a news release.
Investigators determined Patrone and Spivey reactivated a former employee’s status with the casino and made it so the employee qualified for a $5,700 annual bonus, the release stated. The payout went to the former employee’s bank account.
Patrone then had that former employee’s name removed from the personnel database and concealed the electronic fund transfer.
State troopers with the Gaming Enforcement Section began the investigation in January after receiving a complaint from the Chitimacha tribe, which also conducted its own investigation.
The Chitimacha Tribal Council on Wednesday announced it had appointed interim replacements for the two management positions, adding that the investigation is still ongoing.
Spivey, 45, remained in the St. Mary Parish jail on Wednesday afternoon. Bail had not been set. Information was not immediately available about where Patrone is being held.