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Bradley Walters

Bradley Walters

The treasurer of a Seeley Lake sportmen's club has been charged with stealing more than $20,000 in club funds over the last three years.

Bradley Walters, 51, is scheduled to appear in court Friday on felony charges of theft by embezzlement, and deceptive practices.

According to court records, the vice president of the Seeley Lake Wilderness Sportsman's Club, Curtis Friede, contacted the Missoula County Sheriff's Office in February and reported that Walters — the group's treasurer — had been stealing from the organization.

Friede reported that he and the club president, Rodney Stevens, reviewed records after a member reported winning a gun in a raffle last year but never receiving it.

A detective who received the club's financial records found that starting in early 2015, Walters allegedly wrote checks from the club to cover his personal expenses, and had taken $8,400 from the sale of raffle tickets.

In all, court records found more than $20,000 in missing club funds during Walters' time as treasurer. When interviewed, Walters allegedly confirmed to a detective he misappropriated club funds but said it was "right around a thousand dollars," adding that he had reimbursed the club.

The detective reported that the only deposit to the club from Walters was a $300 check.

Prosecutors filed the charges against Walters in early June. He was arrested and booked into the Missoula County jail on Wednesday, but was released an hour later after posting a $25,000 bond.

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