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School says ex-volunteer official embezzled funds

When a private school accuses one of its volunteers of embezzling funds, you can be sure that police and prosecutors are going to be aggressive in their pursuit of charges. The former athletic director of such a school recently appeared before a Cook County judge to plead not guilty to criminal charges of forgery, deceptive practices and theft.

The defendant volunteered as athletic director and PTL president at the school until earlier this year, when it fired him. Before that happened, school officials claimed that there were discrepancies in its funds. The amount of money missing is not mentioned by nwitimes.com.

The school called police, who began an investigation. They eventually arrested the defendant, 47, on suspicion of white collar crime. The school fired him upon his arrest.

The article leaves several questions unanswered. Among these is how prosecutors believe the volunteer athletic director stole the money. It is possible that he had access to some accounts. But besides a reference to charges of forgery and deceptive practices, the news story does not say if he is accused of writing fraudulent checks, or something else.

Many people accused of embezzlement or other white collar crimes are innocent of the charges. Others are in the grip of a gambling or drug addiction, and, in desperation, went outside their normal actions. Whatever the circumstances, a person charged with white collar crime could face serious prison time and other penalties. However, a strong defense could lead to a not guilty verdict. In other cases, a settlement could help you avoid incarceration.

Source: NWI Times, “Lutheran school volunteer pleads not guilty to forgery, theft,” Gregory Tejeda, March 25, 2014

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