A retired colonel from the National Guard who stole nearly $2 million from charities for service men and women and their families, was sentenced Wednesday to 3.5 years in prison.
James Burnes, 66, of Tempe, admitted to taking more than $2 million over the course of four years while he was a resource manager with the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, according to Maricopa County Superior Court records. He pleaded guilty to fraud and theft-related charges last month.
The thefts occurred from 2007 to 2011.
Burnes was ordered by the judge to repay the charities $2,000 a month until all the money is paid back.