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Lockport man pleads guilty in connection with donations made to veterans' charity

A Lockport man faces up to 11 years in prison for stealing donations made to a local charity.

Scott Hemperly, 48, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count each of third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny in Erie County Court, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said that in December 2017 the Jeep Wrangler Club of WNY hosted events to collect food, toys and monetary donations as a holiday fundraiser to support WNY Heroes, a nonprofit that supports veterans and their families. When the club inquired about the $5,400 donation from the events, WNY Heroes conducted an audit and determined the funds were never received, according to the District Attorney's Office.

The club asked Hemperly, a member of the group, about the missing money. He claimed that he dropped off the donation to the nonprofit, but was unable to provide a receipt, prosecutors said.

Hemperly is scheduled to be sentenced May 14. Prosecutors said he has since paid back the money.

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