Litchfield attorney sentenced for stealing nearly $1M from veterans charity

Litchfield attorney sentenced for stealing nearly $1M from veterans charity

A Litchfield attorney was sentenced to an additional 20 months in prison after authorities said he embezzled nearly $ 1 million from a charity that benefits military veterans and families.

Kevin Creed, 69, has already served 42 months in federal prison on similar allegations.

Creed was arrested by the FBI and the U.S. law firm in 2019 after federal authorities alleged he withdrew $ 1.4 million from funds raised for Friends of Fisher House – Connecticut. The Maryland-based Fisher House Foundation is building veteran affairs homes and military bases to house veterans and their families while they undergo treatment, according to the Department of Criminal Justice.

“As of 2010, Creed led FFH-CT from his law firm, The Creed Law Firm, in Bristol, Connecticut,” said DCJ. “He is committed to raising $ 3 million to help build and operate a fisherman’s home on the West Haven Veterans Hospital site. He also announced that his law firm would pay the cost of raising the $ 3 million. “

Authorities claim Creed only ever donated $ 1 million to friends of the fisherman’s house to build the fisherman’s house in West Haven. Instead, $ 1.4 million was used “for personal and business expenses.”

He was sentenced to 42 months in prison last November for wire fraud. He was also asked to pay $ 1.4 million in restitution.

Creed was ordered to report to jail on Tuesday. But last November, state investigators at the Connecticut Statewide Prosecution Bureau charged him with first-degree theft in the case of misappropriating $ 985,000 from donations raised across the state. Investigators claim he failed to show these funds to the friends of the fisherman’s house.

“While the total amount embezzled was approximately $ 1.4 million due to a five-year statute of limitations, the state was capped at $ 985,000,” the DCJ said.

He pleaded guilty on March 10 and was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Monday. This sentence begins after his release from federal prison.

Creed is held for a $ 1 million bond.