Division of Gaming Enforcement uncovers $641,000 in internal theft at Legion Post 28

MILLSBORO – Delaware Division of Gaming Enforcement investigators Thursday arrested five persons with officer ties to American Legion Post 28 in connection with internal theft of $641,000 from Post 28.

POST 28 Samuel mauger

Samuel Mauger

Arrested and charged were:

  • Samuel Mauger, 65, Millsboro; felony theft over $100,000.00 x2 ($376,660 total);
  • James Gallagher, 65, Millsboro; felony theft over $1,500.00 x2 ($13,000 total);
  • Edward Mazewski, 69, Millsboro; felony theft over $1,500.00 x2 ($20,000 total);
  • Michael Rooney, 66, Georgetown; felony theft over $1,500.00 x2 ($13,000 total);
  • Charles Nimmericher, 53, Millsboro; misdemeanor theft under $1,500.00 ($400 total)

A sixth suspect identified for stealing $218,040 in funds is now deceased.

Post 28 Jim gallagher

James Gallagher

According to a release from Division of Gaming Enforcement Public Information Officer Wendy Hudson, in January 2016 American Legion Post 28 reported to the Delaware Department of Safety & Homeland Security Division of Gaming Enforcement that six post officers, either past or present, had stolen funds from the American Legion between July 2012 and January 2015.

Investigation revealed the suspects, who were Post 28 officers at the time, wrote and signed numerous checks out to cash and cashed the checks at local banks. The funds were not returned to or used for American Legion Post 28 business.

Post 28 Edward Mazewski

Edward Mazewski

On April 07, DGE investigators concluded a three-month felony theft investigation, totaling $641,100.

Investigators obtained arrest warrants on the suspects for charges related to embezzlement. A search warrant was executed at the residence of Samuel Mauger, 25000 block of Pear St, Millsboro, DE.

The five suspects were arraigned and released pending a later court date.

POST 28 Michael Rooney

Michael Rooney



Post 28 Charles Nimmerichter

Charles Nimmerichter


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