Man charged with stealing from Iraq war vet seeks dismissal 

A Brisbane bookkeeper charged with swindling a widowed soldier serving in Iraq says there’s not enough evidence to prosecute him.

The defense attorney for 65-year-old Kenneth McCall filed a motion to dismiss the charges against his client. A judge is scheduled to decide on the matter Thursday.

Prosecutors say McCall embezzled from the widowed soldier while he fought overseas from 2006 to 2008.

The self-employed bookkeeper had been tasked with overseeing the soldier’s finances. The soldier’s wife had died of natural causes about a year before his deployment, and he left his children in the care of his neighbor, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.



McCall, who was given power of attorney by the victim, allegedly stole more than $14,000 from his credit union account and nearly $17,000 on his credit card.

McCall’s attorney, David Cohen, said it is the accusing soldier, not his client, who is the cheat.

Cohen said the complaining witness showed “substantial credibility problems” during a preliminary hearing lasting nine months.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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