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AT&T tech escapes time in prison as part of deal

A 38-year-old Whitesburg man will not serve prison time after pleading guilty to multiple counts of stealing money from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he was appointed to serve as an officer by the national VFW.

Jeffrey O. Williams, 38, of 52 Michigan Ave., pleaded guilty to 10 misdemeanor counts and was given two years probation on each, to be served at the same time. He also received five years pre-trial diversion on multiple felony counts, including several counts of theft by deception and several more of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Williams, a technician with AT&T, was appointed “assistant inspector general” of the VFW by the national headquarters in 2018. Kentucky State Police arrested him one year ago after Bruce Ashley of Mallie, commander of District 14 of the VFW, obtained a warrant for his arrest.

Ashley also testified before a Letcher County Grand Jury, which returned 14 indictments containing 48 charges against Williams.

Under the terms of his probation and diversion, Williams must pay $165 court costs, $25 in supervision and drug testing costs, return any equipment issued to him by the VFW within 14 days, and stay out of all VFW District 14 events and clubs, and refrain from any contact with District 14 officials in person, by phone, or via social media.

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