Judge: Oklahoma Legion to stay in national control

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal judge says national officials will retain control of American Legion operations in Oklahoma amid an investigation into financial troubles.

Earlier this year, national leaders took over the Oklahoma headquarters and fired state officials because of financial losses blamed on embezzlement. The state officials then sued, and U.S. District Judge Timothy DeGiusti ruled Tuesday that the national leaders can remain in charge.

According to The Oklahoman, the national leaders estimate the losses at $500,000 to $1 million. No one has been charged in the case.

Tom Davis is a former Maryland Legion adjutant who was hired to oversee the reorganization effort in Oklahoma. Davis testified that funds from national headquarters have been used to pay the Oklahoma Legion's overdue bills and unpaid federal taxes.

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