June 9, 2017
Trustee accused of stealing from Lehigh charity
Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public’s help tracking down a man accused of stealing more than $60,000 from a Lehigh Acres based non-profit organization.
Officials with the Lehigh chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles stated that in late November 2016, they noticed that $28,373 allocated for a Queen of Hearts game was gone. When they asked Board Trustee Keith Edwards (DOB 9/9/59) about the missing money, he stated that it was used to pay bills. Edwards was responsible for all monies coming in and out of the club’s account. His response raised question among club members, who immediately launched a thorough financial audit from August 2016 through November 2017. During that audit, they found a total of $61,403 in receipts, money orders and bank statements that were unaccounted for in the club’s coffers. They also discovered that Edwards had written several checks on the club’s account, payable to himself and cashed through his personal bank account. Shortly after the discovery was made, Edwards left the club and hasn’t been seen or heard from by his former members. He is now the sole person of interest in the theft/fraud investigation.
Edwards has one prior arrest in Lee County for DUI, and has an active warrant for his arrest for violating probation in relation to that drunk driving charge. He was last known to be living in Lehigh, but his current whereabouts are unknown. Anyone with information on the where Edwards is currently residing is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.southwestfloridacrimestoppers.com or by submitting a tip on the P3Tips mobile app.
Note: Two photos of Edwards are attached to this release.