Nearly $800,000 was stolen from a local Masonic temple, and one of their own is a suspect.
FOX 12 has confirmed the temple's former treasurer, Jesten Jay Galland III, is now sitting in a Clark County jail cell charged with theft and forgery.
Court documents say Galland wrote checks to himself and his company, Jay Galland Consulting, totaling nearly $800,000 over the course of six years.
"Local members discovered the missing funds from the Vancouver accounts and immediately reported the theft to authorities," said Paul Waadevig, the deputy of the grand master for the Masons District 19.
"This member in question has resigned as treasurer and is suspended from the fraternity pending legal action. We are extremely disappointed that a fellow free mason would betray this trust, and we would like to thank the community for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," said Waadevig.
The Masonic family, which provides funding to charitable activities such as hospitals and youth scholarships, says they will do their best to continue to support those charities even in the face of this major monetary loss.
FOX 12 has learned that Galland also has a prior record out of Hood River County involving the unlawful issuance of checks. His bail is set at $100,000.
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