Robin C. Briere (64, Clermont),was sentenced on Friday, November 4, to 33 months in federal prison for the theft of over $650,000 from the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Florida. She was also ordered to pay $657,441.21 in restitution and to serve three years of supervised release. Briere pleaded guilty to wire fraud on July 18, 2016.
According to court documents, Brere used her position as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Legion Auxiliary to steal $657,441.21 from the organization over a seven-year period from 2007 to 2014. Briere accomplished her scheme by creating 200 fraudulent transactions, most of which involved writing checks to herself on the American Legion Auxiliary account and then making false entries in the organization’s accounting system. She also wrote checks from the American Legion Auxiliary account to pay her personal credit card bills, and in some instances, used the American Legion Auxiliary credit card to pay her personal expenses.