By Pat Maurer
Richard Lee Carothers, 69, of Harrison, was sentenced Monday to 11 months in the county jail for embezzling from the Harrison Veterans of Foreign Wars last year.
Carothers was the organization’s post commander. He was removed from the position and arrested August 15 following a 15 month-long investigation and a State Police review of the organization’s financial records. He was charged with eight counts related to the embezzlement.
November 19, Carothers entered a plea of guilty to embezzling more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, a felony charge punishable by up to ten years and/or an up to $15,000 fine; and with larceny by conversion of more than $1,000 but less than $20,000, a felony punishable by up to five years and/or an up to $10,000 fine. Reportedly Carothers had written checks from the organization to himself over a period to time which totaled more than $5,000.
He was sentenced Monday by Circuit Court Judge Thomas Evans to 11 months in the county jail with two months in abeyance because of his military service; two years of probation; $130 crime victims fee; $500 in court costs; a $500 fine; $36 in state costs; and restitution to the VFW totaling $5,376.14.
Judge Evans also said Carothers’ jail term could be reduced to four months if he pays off his fines, costs and restitution fees.