Ex-BAMC employee sentenced to federal prison for stealing wounded warriors money

Opal Jewel Charles, 67, gets 5-year prison term


SAN ANTONIO – A 67-year-old Cibolo woman was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison for stealing money collected for wounded warriors and their families, federal officials said.

A judge also ordered Opal Jewel Charles to pay $260,000 restitution and be placed on supervised release for three years after completing her prison term.

Charles pleaded guilty in May to one count of wire fraud and one count of structuring, federal officials said.

She admitted that between 2004 to December 2016, she stole funds she solicited for the needs of soldiers and their families at the Warrior Transition Battalion at Brooke Army Medical Center for her personal use, including gambling, federal officials said. 
Charles, who worked at Fort Sam Houston as a civilian employee, also admitted to structuring bank deposits under $10,000 in order to avoid triggering automatic currency transaction reports.

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