By Chris Hendrickson, Monitor
A Snohomish County judge has ordered a 65-year-old Lake Stevens man to pay $500 a month in restitution for his theft of over $90,000 from the Sultan chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Edward Ray Sherman was found guilty on Sept. 18 of theft in the first degree for a series of withdrawals he made while serving as the Quartermaster for the VFW organization. Sherman, who had access to the VFW’s checking account, wrote a number of unauthorized checks to several different members of his family, including one to himself for over $17,000.
Sherman began making the withdrawals in November of 2006 and continued making them through December, 2012.
“Ed Sherman admitted to writing these unauthorized checks and said he knew it was wrong and he is ashamed,” stated police documents. “The end result of the theft of funds was the total depletion of VFW funds.”
Sherman, who had no previous criminal convictions, was ordered on Oct. 7 to pay a total restitution amount of $80,735.63. In addition to the restitution, he was given 12.5 days of confinement which were converted to 100 hours of community restitution. He was ordered to serve no less than 20 hours of community service per month.
His voting rights were revoked, along with his right to bear firearms.