Oklahoma man arrested, accused of stealing from U.S. military, veterans

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OKLAHOMA CITY –An Oklahoma man is facing charges after authorities claim he stole property from the military and veterans.

Authorities say 43-year-old David Austin Kellerman is being charged with one count of felony embezzlement.

Kellerman was the former adjunct general of the Oklahoma American Legion Headquarters.

During his time there, he was in charge of collecting World War II military rifles from posts throughout Oklahoma.

After finding the weapons, he was then supposed to return the rifles and property to the U.S. Army.

According to agents with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, Kellerman did not return the rifles to the Army.

Instead, officials say he sold them to make money for himself.

“Hard work by our agents and federal investigators revealed a scheme that not only stole property from our military, but from veterans,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said. “We are working to recover more of the stolen property and bring to justice anyone involved with this crime.”

If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail, a fine of up to $5,000 and restitution for each weapon.

So far, investigators say they have recovered 20 rifles.