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AMVETS post building closed until further notice

 

September 8, 2019

Mathew Brock

AMVETS Post #14 building sits vacant while the post is under investigation by the AMVETS Department of New Mexico.

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CLOVIS - Members of the local American Veterans (AMVETS) chapter showed up for their usual activities on July 6 to find the locks of their local post building had been changed.

AMVETS Post #14 in Clovis has been closed until further notice while it is under investigation by the district branch of AMVETS for misappropriation of funds and violation of state and national bylaws, officials said.

According to Rick Young, head trustee for the AMVETS Department of New Mexico's Board of Trustees, the post is under audit and he expects a final report to be delivered in two weeks.

So far, the audit has uncovered two liens on the building, according to an open letter from the Board of Trustees to members of Post #14 released Thursday.

The first lien is $12,000 in disputed charges owed to the Gaming Commission from 2016 and the other is $8,000 in unpaid service fees to the city of Clovis from 2010.

Young said the $12,000 owed to the Gaming Commission came to the board's attention two years ago, but was never addressed by Post #14's leadership, prompting an investigation.

But Post #14 Quartermaster Beth Knight said the AMVETS Department of New Mexico hadn't given the members of Post #14 any information or instruction to rectify any problems before it closed the building. Knight said state AMVETS officials haven't communicated clearly with the members of the post since.

Knight said local AMVETS members consulted a lawyer Thursday afternoon on the matter.

Young said the Board of Trustees' main concern is getting the audit finished, the liens resolved and other issues corrected as soon as possible after the investigation in order to open the post again.

"We're doing an audit right now and that will determine what path we might take or what paths we even can take," Young said. "We're still trying to figure out what we can and can't do here."

 
 

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