VFW Commander Arrest Reaction

By: Anna Smithson
By: Anna Smithson

Don Mudd is being accused of burning down VFW Post 1298 on Aug. 13, 2003, to destroy evidence of his illegal gambling.

The VFW is allowed to conduct charitable gaming but the federal indictment against Mudd says he used video slot machines and pull tab games for his own benefit.

Mudd is also accused of defrauding an insurance company out of nearly $247,000 from the fire.

"When you're the commander here, this long, it's just part of you're life, it's sad to you know see it," stated Don Mudd, following the fire of the VFW post in 2003.

WBKO went to the VFW to find out what veterans were saying about Mudd's indictment but no one was willing to comment on camera.

One member of the post did tell WBKO they are very upset about the situation. He said members feel bad for the community and what it has done to the VFW.

The investigation of Mudd was started by members of the 1298 Post, who said they will release a full statement as soon as they are advised by their attorney.

Mudd's attorney John Caudill, said his client is innocent of the charges. Mudd is currently out on bond awaiting his federal arraignment which is set for Nov. 22, 2006, in Bowling Green, Ky.

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