Ex-treasurer charged with stealing $23,290 from Disabled American Veterans
MONTEVIDEO - A former treasurer of the Disabled American Veterans chapter in Montevideo is charged with writing $23,290 in checks for his personal use during a six-year span when he did not issue any checks to veterans or others the organization is intended to benefit.
The Chippewa County Attorney’s Office has filed four felony counts of theft and one misdemeanor count against Barry Lynn Galbreath, 58, of Lake Benton.
The charges follow an investigation by Montevideo police that identified 89 checks totaling $23,290 that Galbreath allegedly issued for his personal use while treasurer of the chapter from 2007 through 2013.
Officers with the DAV chapter contacted police Aug. 17 to report that money had been taken from the chapter’s checking account and that Galbreath had left town. A Montevideo police officer met with Galbreath at his Lake Benton residence March 11.
Asked by the officer whether he knew what the 89 checks totaled, Galbreath said he did not. When informed of the $23,290 total, Galbreath replied: "Holy Moly," the complaint alleges.
Galbreath allegedly took money to make payments on his truck and buy gas, and some money may have been used for gambling, according to the complaint.