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The former commander of an American Legion post in Huntsville was arrested after allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the organization.

Former Post 176 Commander Bobby Mack Adams was arrested in Elkhart, Indiana on September 20th. He's being charged with theft of property in the first degree and is awaiting extradition to Alabama. Huntsville police say Adams potentially took more than $100,000, while other sources in the organization say the number is closer to $300,000.

Post 176 lost its building on Long Avenue earlier this year, and members say it's all because of Adams' alleged embezzlement.

"It ripped my heart out. I could never imagine anything going on like it did," newly-elected Commander Mickey Williams said.

It all started back in January, when members began asking questions about post finances.

"You ask and you don't receive, and it puts doubts in your mind," Williams said of requesting financial reports from the commander.

Members brought their suspicions to the Huntsville Police Department, which launched an investigation that later led to Adams' arrest.

Post 176's former building on Long Avenue

Now, Post 176 begins the long road to recovery. Williams says getting the post's building back isn't the focus of that journey.

"A building's a building. I'm sorry we lost it. We don't have it, but the camaraderie of being a Legionnaire is what it's all about," he said.

The post has no money to help veterans in need, or to provide scholarships to local students as it once did. And with no facility, members are unable to organize fundraisers and bingo games to come up with the funds.

That's why Williams is asking for help and looking for anyone with a building that could be used for the fundraisers.

And he's trying to leave Commander Bobby Adams in the past.

"I'm looking for the future, and one day it's gonna happen, and it's gonna be our glory, it's going to be to God's glory, and it's going to be to this country's glory that we pull through," he said.

Adams will appear in court in Indiana next week and will be extradited shortly after.

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