Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Beaird Arrested on Embezzlement Charge, Freed on Bond

Alan Wayne Beaird, 48, was taken into custody Tuesday evening on an arrest warrant for embezzlement.

His bond was set at $5,000 and he was freed on bond.

Beaird was formally charged Tuesday in Sequoyah County District Court with embezzlement and his arraignment on the charge is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 before Associate District Judge Kyle Waters.

Beaird is accused of embezzlement of a sum “in excess of $1,000 that belonged to the Marine Corps League.”

According to the affidavit filed by investigators, Beaird became a suspect when the current Marine Corps League commandant, William Brocker, reported money was missing and he “believed Beaird to be the responsible party.”

The affidavit notes that Beaird would sign out the league’s debit card and not return it or the required receipts to the league’s paymaster. 

Bank statements from October 2012 through June 2016 were reviewed. In 2015 investigators found seven transactions that appeared to be unauthorized. In 2014 four transactions appeared to be unauthorized, and in 2013 the investigator found 24 transactions that appeared to be unauthorized.

Both the paymaster and current commandant told investigators “the charges were not approved or voted on,” and “Beaird was in possession of the debit card during the times of these transactions.”

The affidavit concludes “…the Marine Corps league has held multiple fundraisers and received thousands of dollars in donations. . . .Beaird always insisted on making the deposits. . .” but would have an excuse for losing the deposit slips. “At this time it is unknown if any of the donation money had been taken.”

The affidavit also notes that Beaird was removed from the commandant position early in 2016.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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