A former commander of a Macon American Legion post must pay $9,593 in restitution to the post as part of his sentence after he pleaded guilty to misappropriating the post’s money.
Kenneth Raye Maye, 61, pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft by taking May 25.
He also was sentenced to seven years on probation and seven weekends in jail, but the weekend jail time will be suspended if he successfully completes an alcohol rehabilitation program, according to Bibb County Superior Court records.
Maye’s probation may be ended after three years if he has paid the restitution and any other money due to the probation office, according to the records.
A document Maye signed as part of the plea showed he now lives in Lake Worth, Florida.
Maye turned himself in at the Bibb County jail April 17, 2014, nearly a month after American Legion Post 3 officials met with a Bibb County sheriff’s investigator and said Maye hadn’t deposited cash from the post’s gaming machines into its bank account.
Maye admitted to investigators that he cashed a $5,293 check that should have been deposited into the Thomaston Road post’s account. He said he kept the money because he had contributed about $10,000 of his personal money to support a shortage in the funds used for gaming machine payouts, according to a report included in prosecutors’ case file. The Telegraph reviewed the file after filing an Open Records Act request.
He also admitted endorsing checks in violation of post policies.
Information from Telegraph archives were used in this report.