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(Fremont County, WY) – Former Wind River Family and Community Health Care finance director and Fort Washakie resident Logan Savage faces five counts of wire fraud and one count of “embezzlement/theft from an Indian organization,” after reportedly using company funds for various personal expenditures, according to Federal court documents filed on September 20.
Savage’s arraignment hearing will take place before the Honorable Judge R. Michael Shickich, today, September 28 in Casper.
Savage worked as the finance director from July of 2022 through mid May of 2023, and was provided a company credit card as a part of his employment, court documents state.
Those documents go on to say that Savage “devised a scheme to defraud Wind River Family and Community Health Care and to obtain its money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations and promises,” which reportedly occurred from October of 2022 through March of 2023.
The reported scheme involved Savage using the company credit card to make personal purchases, which included:
- $4,491 purchase for furniture and other goods from a Casper business on February 18, 2023
- $3,203.95 purchase for furniture and other goods from a Riverton business on February 20, 2023
- $4,433.07 purchase(s) for firearms and other goods from a Riverton business between November 21, 2022 and March 26, 2023
- $7,514.72 purchase(s) for furniture and other goods from a Riverton business between November 11, 2022 and March 25, 2023
- $6,848.25 purchase(s) for groceries and other goods from a Riverton business between October 18, 2022 and March 19, 2023
The purchases totalled over $26,000.
Documents go on to state that Savage also “knowingly concealed his personal purchases by failing to provide receipts or other documentation related to his personal use of the company credit,” and also “directed other Wind River Family and Community Health Care employees to issue payments toward his outstanding company credit card balances using money belonging to Wind River Family and Community Health Care.”
Savage reportedly “did not make any payments towards the company credit card using his own money,” and these transactions were “knowingly caused to be transmitted in interstate commerce by means of wire communications between the State of Wyoming, the State of Colorado, and other States.”
The sixth count deals directly with the “embezzlement/theft from an Indian organization” charge, with court documents stating that Savage, “being an officer and employee of an Indian Tribal organization, that is, the finance director of Wind River Family and Community Health Care, did knowingly convert to his own and willfully misapply, and willfully caused to be misapplied, over $1,000 of the moneys, funds and credits belonging to said Indian Tribal organization.”
County 10 reached out to Wind River Family and Community Health Care for a statement, but the appropriate representatives were not available for comment by the time of publication. This article will be updated if/when a statement is provided.
Savage’s initial appearance was on September 25, with the mentioned arraignment hearing happening today, September 28.
The maximum sentence for a wire fraud charge is 20 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.
The maximum sentence for an “embezzlement/theft from an Indian organization” is 5 years imprisonment, and a $125,000 fine.
County 10 will provide updates on Savage’s case, which can be viewed here.