Marvin Akers pleads guilty for theft from Legion post

| November 13, 2017 | 27 Comments

RGR 4-78 sends us a link to the story of Marvin Akers, a former post commander of the American Legion’s Riddle-Hutcheson Post 77 in Bentonville, Arkansas where he fleeced fellow legionnaires of more than a hundred grand;

Akers, 53, of Rogers and Kim Emerson, 62, of Farmington were arrested April 15, 2015, in connection with stealing from the $176,850 the post received after giving up its longtime lease for a downtown building in 2009.

Akers was the commander of the American Legion’s Riddle-Hutcheson Post 77 and Emerson was treasurer in 2009, according to court documents.

Bentonville police were alerted of the financial irregularities March 10, 2015. A check for $90,000 from the post’s account was made out to “cash” Sept. 24, 2009. Emerson and Akers signed the check, documents say.

In police interviews, the men said they divided the check for their work in the sale of the building and for saving the organization from having to pay a lawyer. Akers received $50,000 and Emerson received $40,000, according to the affidavit.

The men told police a letter from the national organization gave them permission for the split. But the organization’s national adjutant told police no one in the American Legion would have authorized members to be paid as described by Emerson and Akers.

According to the affidavit, Akers received $55,446, including $50,000 from the check the two divided. Emerson wrote several checks to “cash” totaling $65,400, including the $40,000 he received from the check they divided.

Police also found ATM withdrawals to the post’s accounts at the local Indian casino. Emerson pleaded guilty earlier this year and got ten years probation at sentencing. Big damn deal. Vets ripping off vets deserves some jail time.

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  1. Graybeard says:

    Rip his beard out.
    Then his mustache.
    Then the hair on his head.
    Then beat him with a horsewhip, add tar and feathers and make him run nekkid out of town through the goatheads.

  2. ChipNASA says:

    That’s a lot of wampum.
    At least we know where it all went.

  3. David says:

    I dunno, it’s as harsh a sentence as someone gets for desertion and miconduct! (sarc)

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    Make him spend time cleaning up Manning’s shit.

  5. Old 1SG, US Army (retired) says:

    Yeah, it all makes sense:

    Sell the building and collected a commission… that must have been an expensive property!

    Hit the ATM for so pocket money at the casino…

    And now the members meet where?

    Right out of the Clinton Whitewater playbook…


  6. 26Limabeans says:

    “the post’s accounts at the local Indian casino”

    I’m not even gonna ask.

  7. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    A Dutch Rudder Gang level of lowlifery, fuck him, the horse he rode in on and his retarded hound dog!

  8. HMCS(FMF) ret says:

    The new President of the Blue Falcon Club…

  9. Wilted Willy says:

    Scumbag Cocksucker!

  10. 3/17 Air Cav says:

    Prior to my joining of the local VFW, the post commander stole approximately 250,0000.00 Got caught, restitution, plus five years in prison. The money he stole is still being paid back!

    How in the hell this guy got off with probation and no jail time is unbelievable!

    • Perry Gaskill says:

      3/17, the legal difference was probably that Akers the Bad Santa and his evil elf helper weren’t charged with embezzlement. What apparently happened is that they outrageously over-charged the American Legion post for services rendered.

  11. Ex-PH2 says:

    If anyone deserves the WofI, it’s this crapweasel… so low on the crapweasel scale that he puts scumbags like pencilneck geek Barwan to shame.

  12. 26Limabeans says:

    I did not see any reference to them being veterans. Commander/ treasurer notwithdtanding.

  13. Forest Green says:

    He looks like he has already spent a few years in solitary.

  14. RM3(SS) says:

    100k? Wow, I don’t think our post has seen that much money ever. We Po.
    We just had an offer to buy our building for 1 million. Problem is it would cost us at more than that to build something comparable.
    Oh well, back to hustling for our next event, somehow I got put in charge of getting raffle prizes. sigh.

  15. Mason says:

    $90k to save on lawyer costs? How much did the lawyer quote? 😉

  16. Gravel says:

    This is why there should always be checks and balances, such as regular internal audits. It’s also why post members should attend meetings and read the financial reports every damned month.

    • Graybeard says:

      Not just at AL posts and VFW halls, but in every organization.

      Our church once lost about as much to a trusted church finance secretary. Fortunately, the amount was paid back, the finance secretary was brought before the court of law and yet was brought back to the church in reconciliation. She had to suffer the consequences of her actions, but was restored to the community of believers.

      We also instituted a very thorough series of checks and balances concerning all the monies given to the church, with layers of accountability.

      It is the only wise way to act.

  17. 11 Bravo says:

    Ass hamsters, the boat of them.
    Hung by the neck till dead. The boat of dem.

  18. Just An Old Dog says:

    Laying odds he embellished the fuck out of whatever service he had, if any.

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