Charges dropped against former Boy Scouts’ store manager

Charges have been dropped against the former store manager for Alaska’s Boy Scouts, who was accused of stealing more than $27,000 from the organization.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports a judge dismissed the charges against 46-year-old Michael Saunders earlier this month, because his right to a speedy trial had not been fulfilled. But, the state says the charges are not going away.

Saunders had been accused of refunding hundreds of nonexistent purchases to personal credit cards over a four-year period while he worked as manager of the Boy Scouts’ store in Anchorage.

Saunders’ defense attorney, Regan Williams, says the state wanted jail time kept on the table. Saunders and Williams have argued for a significant amount of community service instead.

Williams says Saunders has been making monthly $300 restitution payments.