Woman Charged With Stealing $17G of VFW Bingo Money

A former treasurer who oversaw bingo games has been indicted on 97 counts of diverting funds and forgery.

A grand jury charged Julie L. Weedman, 36, of Evarts, last week. Weedman is the former treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lodge 11139 in Middlesboro.

Prosecutors say Weedman diverted an estimated $17,000 from the VFW over an unknown period of time until she was arrested in July.

The missing funds came to light in the fall of 2006, when a bank notified the charity's president, Patricia Howard, that a check bounced.

The state Office of Charitable Gaming conducted an investigation during which Weedman was questioned and the charity's financial records were examined.