Veteran accused of embezzling from veterans group

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MCMINNVILLE, Ore. (KOIN) — A local veteran is accused of taking advantage of other veterans he was supposed to be helping.

John Vernon Peterson is accused of taking money from the American Veterans Department of Oregon. It’s a non-profit group with posts across the state.

Records show Peterson served in the Air Force and was the treasurer of the group in McMinnville.

The attorney general has indicted him on 13 charges. They say he used the organization’s credit card for his own gain, and he forged checks.

Investigators also accused Peterson of stealing money from the commander of the state organization and taking money from the regional office of American Veterans.

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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