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  • Veteran sentenced to probation in VFW theft

  • The former quartermaster of the VFW in Nimishillen Township has been sentenced to probation in the theft of roughly $21,000 from the post.
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  • A 60-year-old Vietnam veteran was sentenced to probation for stealing roughly $21,000 from a local VFW post after he got caught up in an Internet lottery scam.
    Terry L. Billman, of Canton, had previously pleaded guilty to grand theft for taking the money while he was quartermaster for VFW Post 7490 in Nimishillen Township.
    Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione sentenced Billman Monday to two years probation and 100 hours of community service, preferably for a veterans-oriented organization. Billman also must write a letter of apology to Post 7490.
    He had written checks to himself from the VFW's general fund. At the time, he was quartermaster, the chief financial officer for a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
    Jail records said he believed he had won a London lottery and used the money to pay for shipping, handling and taxes to claim $2 million in alleged winnings. Billman intended to pay back the money, the records said.
    "I'm sorry for what I did to the VFW," he said in court.
    Billman had made a few small restitution payments. However, the organization's insurance has paid back the money in full.
    "These are always difficult cases," Forchione said, noting Billman's military service. Vietnam veterans do not get enough recognition, he said.
    "It sounds like you got caught up in some computer London lottery scandal," he said.
    But "what you did wasn't right," Forchione said. "I don't mean to downplay what you did."
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    CANTON A 60-year-old Vietnam veteran was sentenced to probation for stealing roughly $21,000 from a local VFW post after he got caught up in an Internet lottery scam.
    Terry L. Billman, of Canton, had previously pleaded guilty to grand theft for taking the money while he was quartermaster for VFW Post 7490 in Nimishillen Township.
    Stark County Common Pleas Judge Frank Forchione sentenced Billman Monday to two years probation and 100 hours of community service, preferably for a veterans-oriented organization. Billman also must write a letter of apology to Post 7490.
    He had written checks to himself from the VFW's general fund. At the time, he was quartermaster, the chief financial officer for a Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
    Jail records said he believed he had won a London lottery and used the money to pay for shipping, handling and taxes to claim $2 million in alleged winnings. Billman intended to pay back the money, the records said.
    "I'm sorry for what I did to the VFW," he said in court.
    Billman had made a few small restitution payments. However, the organization's insurance has paid back the money in full.
    "These are always difficult cases," Forchione said, noting Billman's military service. Vietnam veterans do not get enough recognition, he said.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It sounds like you got caught up in some computer London lottery scandal," he said.
    But "what you did wasn't right," Forchione said. "I don't mean to downplay what you did."