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Jury says man stole more than $25,000 from VFW account

A Letcher Grand Jury has returned 14 indictments containing 48 charges against a former Veterans of Foreign Wars officer, alleging he wrote unauthorized checks to himself and others from the VFW’s 14th District General Fund.

Jeffrey O. Williams, 38, of 52 Michigan Ave., Whitesburg, is charged with 38 felony counts and 10 misdemeanors for allegedly writing unauthorized checks to himself and others. The 10 misdemeanors are theft by deception under $500 for checks written in amounts less than $500. The felonies include 23 counts of possession of a forged instrument, and 15 counts of theft by deception, $500 or more, for checks in amounts of up to $5,000.

Williams, who was appointed to the position of “assistant inspector general” by the VFW’s national headquarters in 2018, was arrested by Kentucky State Police February 22 after Bruce Ashley of Mallie, Commander of District 14 of the VFW, obtained a warrant for Williams, who is also a service technician for AT&T.

Williams is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the VFW district, which includes VFW Post #5829 in Whitesburg and 10 other posts.

Ashley testified against Williams before the grand jury.

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