Masons treasurer pleads guilty to ID theft

first_imgA former mortgage adviser admitted Wednesday to embezzling nearly $800,000 from the Vancouver Masonic Temple while serving as the organization’s treasurer.In an agreement with prosecutors, Jesten Jay Galland III, 47, of Vancouver pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to nine counts of second-degree identity theft and agreed to repay the organization as part of his restitution.Standing in front of Judge Greg Gonzales, Galland said: “My actions betrayed my friends’ trust, and I humbly request their forgiveness and appreciate the graciousness of individual friends, who had been hurt by my actions, showed me in the days after my actions first came to light.”Several Masons were in the courtroom’s public gallery for the hearing.In exchange for Galland’s guilty plea, Deputy Prosecutor Michelle Nisle dismissed seven counts of first-degree theft, seven counts of first-degree identity theft, 16 counts of forgery, eight counts of unlawful possession of payment instruments and eight counts of money laundering. Nisle negotiated the agreement with Galland and his attorney, W. Todd Pascoe.Galland is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 10. He faces 33 to 43 months in prison.According to court documents, Galland was elected as treasurer of the Vancouver Masonic Temple’s board of trustees in 2006 and by the end of that year began using the organization’s account to write checks to himself.During a six-year period, he used the organization’s account to write hundreds of checks to himself and his company, Jay Galland Consulting, totaling nearly $800,000.last_img


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