Department of Public Protection
Charitable Gaming Office Arrests Harlan County Woman

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 06, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jim Carroll, 502-564-7760  

 The Kentucky Office of Charitable Gaming (OCG) Thursday arrested a Harlan County woman on charges of stealing an estimated $17,000 from a local charity.


Julie L. Weedman, 36, of Evarts surrendered to OCG investigator Michael Doane. She faces 107 counts in all - 55 counts of felony second-degree forgery, 44 counts of felony diversion of charitable gaming funds over $300, and eight counts of misdemeanor diversion of charitable gaming funds. Weedman was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center in Pineville.


Weedman is the former treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Lodge 11139 in Middlesboro. Last fall the charity’s president, Patricia Howard, was notified by its bank of a bounced check, even though the organization believed it had thousands of dollars in its accounts. The lodge filed a complaint with the Office of Charitable Gaming in November. OCG conducted an investigation during which Weedman was questioned and the charity’s financial records were examined.


Investigators concluded that Weedman had forged Howard’s signature on checks, cashed the checks and pocketed the money. Weedman’s preliminary hearing on the charges is expected to take place soon in Bell County District Court.


OCG is part of the Department of Public Protection in the Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet.