NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A man who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $60,000 from the Tennessee Disabled American Veterans charity has been sentenced to 10 years.
During a sentencing hearing in Davidson County Criminal Court Friday, the judge said Thomas Keller will have to serve 30 percent of that sentence. He was immediately taken into custody.
Keller told the judge he knew he was doing wrong.
"I'm not denying any of that sir, I am taking full responsibility," said Keller.
He pleaded guilty to stealing the money from the non-profit agency only days before his trial was set to begin in April.
"Your honor I knew I was doing wrong. I did wrong," Keller said in court Friday.
Keller served as a volunteer treasurer for the agency from 2007 to 2010, where he had full access to their checking account. Leaders of the organization discovered the theft after accessing the bank account and learned Keller had been writing checks to himself and others for his own personal bills.
He said the volunteer position required some travel and he didn't have the money so he advanced himself some money and that's how it all got started.
"At the point my house was foreclosed on, my motorcycle was repossessed," Keller admitted.
Keller allegedly stole more than $130,000 from the organization, and entered the guilty plea to theft over $60,000.