- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

KENAI, Alaska (AP) - A Kenai man has been convicted of theft and scheming to defraud through a nonprofit organization he helped create, Alaska Veterans Outreach Boxes for Heroes.

The Peninsula Clarion (https://bit.ly/19Lx2wh), a Kenai newspaper, reports a jury deliberated six hours before convicting Frank Roach on Wednesday of nine felony counts.

Roach was one of three founding members of the group and the only one charged.

Prosecutors say he hired people to solicit donations in front of stores and used much of the money collected for living expenses.

The group raised more than $140,000 between April 2010 and October 2011.

Prosecutors say Roach lied to donors about how their money would be spent. Roach contended he had unintentionally misrepresented himself and his organization.

Roach will be sentenced July 9.

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Information from: (Kenai, Alaska) Peninsula Clarion, https://www.peninsulaclarion.com


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