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Man Who Tried to Send Vets to Washington Had Legal Problems

Man Who Tried to Send Vets to Washington Had Legal Problems



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- A man who organized and then canceled a trip to Washington, D.C., for war veterans had financial problems tied to a similar journey in 2006.

Paul McSweeney, former director of Our Unsung Heroes, pleaded guilty in April to a second-degree felony for issuing a bad check, the Standard-Examiner reported Wednesday, citing court documents.

McSweeney used checks to get a cashier's check for $45,000 on Nov. 10, 2006, but he didn't have the money to support that amount, said Guy Probert, Utah County deputy attorney. "He made good on some of the money, but failed to make good on the rest," Probert said. "He had good intentions, but he didn't have the money."

McSweeney paid full restitution before entering the plea, Probert said. If he stays out of legal trouble for two years, the charge will be dropped.

Our Unsung Heroes raises money to send veterans to Washington to see the World War II Memorial. The Nov. 10 trip went off as planned.

More than 100 veterans were supposed to go on a second trip May 18, but it was canceled a day earlier. McSweeney said fundraising fell short. Separately, family members paid $900 to accompany the veterans. State regulators plan to conduct an audit of the nonprofit group.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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