Barron County man previously charged with embezzling from casino faces additional charges of filing false tax returns

 

Date: July 21, 2021

Contact: newsroom@ci.irs.gov

Leva Oustigoff, Jr. of Cumberland, Wisconsin, is charged in a superseding indictment with eight counts of embezzlement and with four counts of filing a false income tax return. Oustigoff was charged previously in an indictment returned by the grand jury on October 21, 2020, with the eight counts of embezzlement.

The superseding indictment alleges that while employed as the General Manager/CEO of the Turtle Lake Casino operated by the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, Oustigoff embezzled and willfully misapplied money of the casino on eight occasions between December 2015 and January 2018. The dates and amounts of the alleged embezzlements are:

  1. December 18, 2015 – approximately $9,500;
  2. April 4, 2016 – approximately $7,500;
  3. April 29, 2016 – approximately $1,799;
  4. September 13, 2017 – approximately $8,599;
  5. October 19, 2017 – approximately $8,599;
  6. October 25, 2017 – approximately $20,000;
  7. November 27, 2017 – approximately $8,000; and
  8. January 18, 2018 – approximately $8,637.

The superseding indictment also charges Oustigoff with filing false income tax returns for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 that underreported his income.

If convicted, Oustigoff faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison on each embezzlement count, and three3 years on each tax count. The charges against him are the result of an investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation, with the cooperation of the St. Croix Tribe. Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane Schlipper is handling the prosecution.