A former finance officer for the Hays American Legion post will face trial in June for allegedly stealing more than $16,000 from the post.
According to court documents, Michael Gordon Dick II is charged with felony theft by deception of $16,528 between Feb. 7, 2017, and Dec. 28, 2017 from Post 173.
Post Commander Vance Chartier told The Hays Daily News Dick was the post’s finance officer.
He said about a month and a half after starting the process of closing and selling their former building at 1305 Canterbury in 2017, officers noticed $1,000 had been withdrawn from the post’s bank account to be deposited in the post adjutant’s account to pay bills, but the amount was never deposited.
After investigating, the Legion discovered other discrepancies and filed a report with the Hays Police Department.
“We don’t take this lightly,” Chartier said.
The post was already financially strapped at the time, he said.
“I’m the type that if something like this goes on, I’m going to take action,” Chartier said. “We’re not about to sweep it under the rug. This was something that needed to be done.”
Dick waived a preliminary hearing in February. A jury trial has been set for June 17, 18 and 19.
Records in Ellis County District Court show several companies have filed suit against Dick for debts totaling more than $5,000.
In a 2018 filing, Nex-Tech received an order of garnishment for $921 and an order of non-earnings garnishment for $1,013.
Also in 2018, Portfolio Recovery Associates received an order of judgment against Dick for $917 owed on a JC Penney credit card.
Two cases filed this year show Unified CCR LLC is pursuing collection of $1,321 for a charge account, and Capital One Bank has filed to collect almost $2,400.