Local Charity Suspends Theft Suspect from Board
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - An organization that works to prevent veteran suicides has suspended one of its board members who was arrested Monday after an investigation into alleged embezzlement at a local business.

In a Tuesday statement, ProjectDiehard President Brian Gibson said Marie McGruder has been suspended until the outcome of all legal and civil matters in the case are concluded.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department says detectives began investigating last month, after getting a complaint from Four Rivers Harley-Davidson. They told detectives an employee may have stolen approximately $40,000 from the business. The investigation led detectives to believe that McGruder had used a company credit card for personal use over the last two years to pay for vacations, groceries, pet supplies, electronics and other items.

McGruder is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, a class C felony.

"Marie's insight to business has helped ProjectDiehard grow to where we are today. We hope and pray for a speedy outcome to these matters and will reevaluate Marie's position within ProjectDiehard at that time." Gibson said.

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