Police: Guardsman kept donations for families

The Associated Press
Posted : Friday Nov 28, 2008 6:55:47 EST

HYDEN, Ky. — A Kentucky National Guard soldier was arrested Wednesday on charges that he kept money that he solicited as donations for the families of dead soldiers and others.

Jonathan Reed Morgan, 28, of Hyden in Leslie County, was charged with three counts of theft by deception. He was being held at the Clay County Detention Center in Manchester on $25,000 bond.

The Kentucky National Guard and state police received numerous reports from businesses and people who had been solicited for donations, police said. The money was solicited for families of dead soldiers and to buy care packages for deployed soldiers and children’s Christmas gifts, police said in a statement.

It couldn’t be determined Wednesday night whether Morgan was represented by a lawyer.

Police say Morgan used all the money for his own benefit. Police said some victims might not have come forward. Officials are unsure of the total amount of money involved.

“The allegations against the soldier constitute a despicable act that we would view as an outright betrayal of the Kentucky National Guard family should they prove true,” said Lt. Col. Phil Miller, guard spokesman.

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