Johnson City man arrested for stealing $50K from Eagles

By Dave Greber

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 11:28 PM EDT

Johnson City, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) A former trustee of a local fraternal organization was set free Tuesday after being charged with stealing nearly $50,000 from his group.

Johnson City police arrested Earl W. Leudecke, 64, of Floral Avenue, after they said he stole $49,000 from the Fraternal Order of Eagles over a three-year period while he was a trustee.

In a statement, officials at the Willow Street club said Leudecke was a member for more than 30 years. The statement says Leudecke stole $49,895 between June 7, 2011, and March 1.

The organization says the theft was discovered after Leudecke resigned March 4.

"Earl Leudecke was a trusted individual embezzling portions or fractions of the total of the funds he received and controlled in an attempt to minimize the risk of the detection of the misallocation of the funds," the statement read. "(These) embezzlements continue for years without detection."

Police said their investigation wrapped up Tuesday.

Leudecke was charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony.

He was arraigned in the Village of Johnson City Court, and released pending further court action.

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