Woman sentenced for stealing donations for wounded warriors

SAN ANTONIO - A Cibolo woman was sentenced to five years in federal prison for stealing money collected for wounded warriors.

The Department of Justice says 67-year-old Opal Jewel Charles of Cibolo was assigned to raise money for wounded warriors and their families at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center.

As part of her duties, she asked for donations from private organizations and individuals to meet the needs of wounded soldiers.

She admitted from 2004 to December 2016, she stole the donations and used them for her own personal affairs, including gambling.

She further admitted to keeping the deposits under $10,000 in order to avoid automatic currency transaction reports.

Officials say she was sentenced to five years in federal prison and ordered to pay $260,000 in restitution.

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