Hall sentenced for Travel Center theft

Former manager convicted of stealing over $150,000 from two businesses

By Sarah Pridgeon

 

A Spearfish man has been sentenced in U.S. District Court for stealing more than $150,000 from his employers while working at the Sundance Travel Center.

Brent Hall, 38, worked in a management capacity for Husker Properties LLC and Rimrock Properties LLC between January 2009 and September 2012. During that time, he stole funds from both firms and took the money from his Sundance Travel Center office to Spearfish.

Part of Hall’s job responsibilities was to deposit money in a Spearfish bank. Another employee would complete deposit slips showing the amount to be deposited and Hall would then replace this with a new slip for a lesser amount, keeping the difference for himself.

Hall reportedly found additional ways to steal money from his employers. He stole cash from vendors during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that had been meant for the business and used company cash cards to pay his personal expenses.

He also provided free rooms to certain individuals at the Spearfish Quality Inn, a hotel he was managing, without the authorization to do so. In total, Hall stole more than $153,000 from the two companies.

Hall was convicted of Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property and sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment, two years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund. The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the sentencing was handled by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregg S. Peterman.

Hall was sentenced on April 7 by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court. He was immediately placed into the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.