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Gambling manager arrested over $300,000 veterans fund theft


Agents from the Washington State Gambling Commission (WSGC) have arrested a gambling manager on charges of theft from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Sara Lee Moon was booked on four counts of first-degree theft after a criminal investigation into a series of thefts that dated back to 2019.

WSGC agents conducted a routine inspection of gambling records at the VFW in February of last year and discovered that $300,000 of funds were missing from the organisation’s gambling and bar accounts.

Investigators also discovered that some of the funds had been put into personal financial accounts owned by Moon, who had started working as a gambling manager at the VFW of June 2019.

It was ruled that Moon used her position of trust, confidence, and fiduciary responsibility to facilitate the commission of the crimes.

“The Washington State Gambling Commission is an accredited, limited jurisdiction law enforcement agency and the only state-wide agency devoted to gambling licensing, regulation, and enforcement,” the Commission said. “Our mission is to protect the public by ensuring that gambling is legal and honest.”