American Legion leader charged with selling WWII rifles for personal gain
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David Austin Kellerman's mug shot taken on Jan. 21, 2014. The State of Oklahoma says Kellerman stole WWII rifles that he was supposed to return to the U.S. Army for profit.
A former adjutant general of the American Legion in Oklahoma has been charged with embezzlement.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed federal embezzlement charges against David Austin Kellerman, 43, in Canadian County Friday.
According to the AG's office, part of Kellerman's duties included collecting World War II rifles from defunct American legion posts throughout Oklahoma and return them to the U.S. Army. The AG, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Army and the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs all claim that Kellerman didn't returned the rifles but instead sold them for personal profit.
"Hard work by our agents and federal investigators revealed a scheme that not only stole property from our military, but from veterans," Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. "We are working to recover more of the stolen property and bring to justice anyone involved with this crime."
Investigators say they've recovered 20 rifles but have not said how many are left. If convicted, Kellerman could get five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.