A northern Idaho man who first insisted he was innocent and then admitted to a decade of stealing from the Coeur d'Alene Resort where he served as a dock master was sentenced July 28 to a decade in prison.
In October 2015, 37-year-old Tony Parks was arrested and charged
with pocketing cash from the registers at the popular resort and covering up the missing money by forging documents reflecting phony cash refunds. Prosecutors said Parks had stolen nearly half a million dollars between 2005 and 2015. Parks initially said he was innocent
of the charges but in June, he accepted a guilty plea of grand theft.
Parks' defense team said he would only admit to taking $126,000 from the resort and blamed "poor bookkeeping" for the rest of the missing money.
Parks' 10-year prison sentence has two years fixed. In addition, Parks was ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution to the Hagadone Corporation, of which Coeur d'Alene Resort is the signature property.