15 Jan 2018
- By Bryan Manabat – [email protected] – Variety News Staff
THE man accused of stealing over $30,000 from Club 88 surrendered to the Criminal Investigation Bureau of the Department of Public Safety on Friday.
Daniel R. Stafford had been wanted by DPS since Dec. 1, 2017 after a complaint was filed against him.
Stafford, 40, was the manager of Club 88 at the Ocean View Hotel in Garapan. Club 88’s vault which should have contained $32,203 was left with just $1,900. Stafford was the club’s manager at the time and the only person with access to the vault.
At a bail hearing on Friday, Superior Court Judge Joseph N. Camacho imposed a $50,000 cash bail on Stafford who appeared with his private counsel, David Banes. Assistant Attorney General, Robert C. Lee represented the government.
The defendant was ordered to return to court on Jan.22, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. for a preliminary hearing, and on Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. for arraignment.
After the hearing, Stafford was remanded to the custody of the Department of Corrections.
According to court documents, police reviewed surveillance footage taken from the Club 88 vault dated Nov. 28, 2017.
In the footage, Stafford can be seen sitting at his desk, with two bundles of money in front of him along with a folder. Stafford picked up the two bundles of money, opened the folder and slid the the money into the folder.
On Dec. 7, 2017 a regular customer informed Club 88 that the company-vehicle assigned to Stafford was found parked at Coral Ocean Point.
A witness also overheard Stafford talking to his girlfriend, saying that he was afraid to drive the company car as the police might be looking for it.
Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/101494-daniel-stafford-surrenders-to-police