DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A Huber Heights man was sentenced Tuesday for stealing from the AMVETS Post 24 in Dayton.
On January 4, 2018, Dayton Police officers were dispatched to the AMVETS Post 24 on Leo Street for reports of a theft. The Post commander told officials about inconsistencies with the Post’s finances.
After analyzing the documents, it was determined that 69-year-old Joseph Bruns, who served as the finance officer of the Post for roughly 14 years, had made about 130 unscheduled transactions totaling over $78,000. Bruns was using the money to pay his personal credit card bills for personal purchases.
He admitted on April 16 that he had stolen the money and entered a no contest plea. He was found guilty on one count of grand theft of over $7,500 and one count of theft of over $7,500.
Tuesday, Bruns was sentenced to serve 90 days in the Montgomery County Jail and was ordered to pay $78,731.70 in restitution to the AMVETS. Additionally, he was trespassed from the AMVETS and was placed on probation for up to five years. If he violates any of the conditions of his probation, he will be sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Prosecutor Heck stated, “It is inconceivable that the finance officer for the AMVETS would steal the money that was supposed to help and assist American veterans. The American Veterans is one of the nation’s largest veteran services organizations, and many of our proud veterans depend on its assistance.”