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Security Guard Gets 1.75 Years In Prison For Stealing $70K From St. John ATM

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A former security guard pleaded for leniency but was still sentenced to 1.75 years in prison for stealing $70,000 from an ATM on St. John two days before Hurricane Irma devastated the island.

Shackled and dressed in a tan jumpsuit, Bougouneau maintained his innocence Thursday despite being found guilty by a jury in July of bank burglary and larceny after a two-day trial before U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Gomez.

Clement Bougouneau, 52, of St. Thomas, was sentenced for bank burglary and larceny, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said.

Gomez sentenced Bougouneau to 21 months’ imprisonment, followed by a three-year term of supervised release and 300 hours of community service.

Bougouneau must also pay $70,000 in restitution. According to trial testimony, on September 4, 2017, shortly before Hurricane Irma made landfall,

Bougouneau used his access and inside knowledge as a twelve-year Ranger American employee to steal $70,000 from the St. John Banco Popular de Puerto Rico ATM.

Video tapes presented in the courtroom showed live footage of Bougouneau removing cash from the ATM machine on September 4th.

Another video showed Bougouneau’s subsequent interview with law enforcement, where he provided several different explanations of the events surrounding the September 4th heist.

This case was investigated by the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI),

It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith J. Edwards.

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