September 28, 2018 07:25 PM
There is a federal investigation into a Norwood Young America couple who raises money to help cover the cost of veterans’ funerals.
Troy Walker and his wife claim they have paid for dozens of funerals for veterans thanks to their organization, Dog Tag Furniture. Walker creates wooden flag art and sells it online, but now there are questions about where the money is actually going.
According to a complaint filed by a U.S. postal inspector, authorities accuse Walker of spending nearly all of the $490,000 raised in the past year on personal expenses, including private school tuition, mortgage payments and even a family trip to Disney World.
Investigators say only about $3,200 helped with funerals.
Mark Cornell said the allegations are shocking because Dog Tag Furniture helped his family. Cornell’s father, an Air Force veteran, died in May after a battle with cancer. His family struggled to find funding to get their father buried, so Cornell says Walker reached out to help.
“He said, 'How much do you have left on the bill for the burial?' and it was around $2,500 roughly, and he wrote out a check and handed it to me,” said Cornell.
Dog Tag Furniture received national attention for their efforts to help grieving military families. During an interview in 2017, Walker said, “Before and after each flag, I pray that God gives me enough strength to make another one.”
Attorney Marsh Halberg is representing the Walker family. He said Troy and his wife may be “sloppy in their bookkeeping, but they are not criminals.” He also said this was not a get rich scheme.
The Walkers have not been charged with a crime.
Updated: September 28, 2018 07:25 PM
Created: September 28, 2018 06:46 PM
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