ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) – Money that goes toward supporting both veteran and youth programs has gone missing from an American Legion Post in Round Rock.
“The post has discovered some funds missing and they have pressed charges,” says Treasurer Walter Ivie.
The American Legion State Headquarters is investigating more than $200,000 they say was stolen from Post 447 in Round Rock. Ivie says it’s believed the money taken was cash from the bar and money raised at fundraisers, not from dues.
“It’s when we have a bar or some other activity like a fundraiser to raise funds for the post that the funds become more difficult to keep track of due to the fact it frequently involves money you’re not expecting to come in,” he explained.
Round Rock Police confirm they are investigating but won’t name any suspects at this time.
Ivie says the state has proof it was former members of the post.
We wanted to know how the post plans to keep it from happening again.
“The bars need to have a daily report showing funds that came in and funds that come out,” Ivie said.
Legion members didn’t want to talk about the missing money on camera. But off camera, some say they’re disappointed in those they used to trust the most.
Current board members with Post 447 tell KXAN they’re being very open and honest with members about the incident. The new commander says he’s making sure inventory is done on a daily basis and that they’re keeping track of every penny that comes into the post.
The investigation has been turned over to the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office.
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Thefts at non-profits like the American Legion aren’t exactly uncommon. A former treasurer was charged last December for stealing $45,000 from a post in Pennsylvania.
The Round Rock legion post also tells us another $10,000 was stolen from a post near Dallas five years ago.
Right now there are 10 American Legion posts in Williamson and Travis Counties, the non-profit is the country’s largest wartime veterans service organization. It was actually incorporated by Congress nearly 100 years ago. The purpose is to take care of veterans and their families. It’s also recently taken on the fight against the Department of Veterans Affairs over the wait-times scandal.