Man to plead in casino theft

Minot, North Dakota (AP)September 2010

A Belcourt man says he will plead guilty to stealing nearly $2,500 from a Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation casino where he worked as a cashier.

Shane Trottier is charged in federal court with theft by officers and employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands.

He’s accused of taking the money from the Sky Dancer Casino during a 10-day period in January.

Prosecutors say on several occasions Trottier cashed out a ticket, canceled the transaction, put the ticket in his pocket and cashed it later.

Trottier faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine.