An 84 year old Southern Tier man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than 46 thousand dollars from the Elmira Heights VFW Post. Duane Sprague, a former President of the Heights VFW Post, is accused of stealing the money while he was the sole overseer of the Bell Jar game, which is a legal game of chance.
The Wellsburg man is charged with grand larceny after being accused of taking the money from 2008 to 2012. Sprague's arrest comes after a two year investigation when the man that succeeded Sprague as President, and is now in charge of the fund, discovered a shortage of funds.
Sprague, who was released without bail, will be back in court later this month.