Commander charged with theft of $25K from American Legion home association

Carlisle/West Shore

ENOLA, Pa. (WHTM) – The post commander of American Legion Home Association 984 is charged after police say she embezzled more than $25,000 from the organization.

Joell C. Stewart, 49, of Mechanicsburg, is charged with felony counts of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception, theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received, and related misdemeanors.

East Pennsboro Township police said Stewart stole money from deposits that were to be made on the behalf of the American Legion and also made unauthorized withdrawals.

She also used an organization bank card issued to her in Ocean City, Maryland, police said.

Investigators say she took a total of $25,391.89.

Stewart was served with an arrest warrant Tuesday.

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