By Ernie Over, managing editor, county10.com
(Lander, Wyo.) – A Riverton woman charged with three counts of Larceny by Bailee in an alleged theft of $7,108.46 in bank deposits from Traveling Computers pleaded not guilty to the crimes Thursday in her Fremont County District Court arraignment. Ninth District Judge Norman Young accepted the plea from Reva Jo Breckon, and set a court date of May 20th for trial.
Breckon is charged with taking the nightly deposits from the Riverton business and converting them to her own use. The three counts alleged she took $1,113.92 on December 31, 2012, $3,023.98 on January 2, 2013 and $2,970.56 on January 3rd.
Defense attorney Devon Peterson requested a bond reduction for Breckon, who has been confined to the Fremont County Detention Center in Lander for the past 40 days on a $10,000 cash or $50,000 surety bond. “Despite her previous felony convictions, she has never had a failure to appear or a bond violation,” he said. “She might have other issues, but not for showing up in court.” Peterson said if a lower bond would be granted at the court’s discretion, Breckon would be able to find employment and be in a position to eventually pay restitution to the business. He also said she has a daughter who lives with her.
The Fremont County and Prosecuting Attorney’s Office was represented by attorney Ember Oakley, who told Judge Young that the present bond amounts were appropriate. She reminded the court that Breckon took more than $7,000 “that she blew at the casino. She has a history of taking advantage of people who take empathy on her,” she said. Oakley said Breckon had previously taken funds from a P.T.A. and had been convicted on separate felony larceny and forgery charges and that she had spent time in the Wyoming Women’s Center prison at Lusk. “She takes advantage of people quite often and I would ask current bond be continued.”
Young accepted Oakley’s recommendation and continued the bond as set.
All three charges are felonies, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or $10,000 in fines or both, plus court courts and a Victim’s Compensation fund, court costs and costs for a pre-sentence investigation, if warranted.
While waiting for her attorney to arrive from another court hearing, Breckon became emotional and began crying as she talked about her case with Public Defender Dan Caldwell.
According to an affidavit written by Riverton Police Det. Sgt. Julie Mathews, the RPD was notified about the missing nightly deposits on Jan. 4. Traveling Computers CEO Dean Peranteaux allegedly told police that Reva Breckon was responsible for depositing cash every night to Bank of the West. Peranteaux told police that deposits were not made on Dec. 31, 2012, Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, 2013.
The affidavit states when police attempted to contact Breckon, they could hear someone inside but no one answered the door of the home.
“Officers observed someone look through the blinds on a couple occasions, but that person did not open the door,” states the affidavit. “After approximately 30 minutes, the door was opened by a female who identified herself as Reva Breckon.”
The affidavit alleges that initially Breckon “indicated that she did not know why the deposits were not showing up on the bank records.” When asked where the deposits were, Breckon allegedly confessed to police and said she had spent the money.
In a later interview, Breckon allegedly told Mathews that she was unable to pay bills and rent.
“Reva Breckon thought that if she took the deposits to the casino and won big, she could put the money back in the deposit and all would be fine,” states the affidavit. “Reva Breckon indicated this did not happen and it became one night after the next trying to win the money to pay the deposits and not lose her job.”
–County10.com’s Joshua Scheer contributed to this story