(10-Jul) -- A former civilian employee of the Army Ten-Miler road race in Washington, D.C., Darryl Gale, has pleaded guilty to stealing about $125,000 in vendor funds from the race, the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia announced on June 25. Gale entered his plea via teleconference before judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and will be sentenced on November 4. He faces 15 to 21 months in prison and will have to pay restitution in the amount of $124,758.21.
PHOTO: The Army Ten-Miler expo (photo courtesy of the Army Ten-Miler)
Gale was employed by the race between 2012 and 2018, and his main responsibilities were selling race expo booth space and managing expo logistics. According to the prosecutor, Gale hatched a scheme to defraud the race by making false representations to expo vendors in order to obtain vendor fees. Gale cashed and deposited into his own personal bank accounts checks, money orders, and payments through third-party payment processors from vendors who had purchased booths for the Army Ten-Miler expo.
"The funds were all intended for and were due to the Army Ten-Miler as payments of fees for these booths, but Gale cashed these payments or deposited the funds into his own personal bank accounts for his own use," prosecutors said.
The Army Ten-Miler is one of America's largest 10-mile road races, recording 25,105 finishers in 2019. The event enjoys a large participation from members of the military, especially the U.S. Army, and two soldiers won last year's race: Lawi Lalang (48:38) and Elvin Kibet (54:05). Kibet's time was a course record.
The 2020 Army Ten-Miler is scheduled for Sunday, October 11.