Murfreesboro man steals $131K from charity, sentenced to 10 years

Murfreesboro man steals $131K from charity, sentenced to 10 years (Image 1)
Murfreesboro man steals $131K from charity, sentenced to 10 years (Image 1)

A Murfreesboro man will spend a decade behind bars for stealing more than $131,000 from the Tennessee Disabled American Veterans charity.

On Friday, Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier sentenced Thomas Keller to ten years in the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

Keller pled guilty in April to one count of theft over $60,000.

He volunteered as a treasurer for the Tennessee DAV from 2007 to 2010.

This gave him full access to the organization’s checking account, which required Keller’s signature and the signature from the DAV commander.

The Secret Service and Metro Nashville Police Department fraud unit started investigating Keller after the charity learned that he was misappropriating funds.

Witnesses testified Friday that Keller wrote 127 checks to himself from the DAV account, totaling $131,000.

Thousands of dollars were also withdrawn from the account to pay his phone, cable and credit card bills.

In addition, Keller failed to pay $82,000 in employees’ withholding taxes to the federal government, causing the organization to be fined $20,000.

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