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WARREN Judge sentences man in bank theft



Published: Tue, July 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The defendant originally had faced one count of theft and three counts of forgery.

WARREN -- A judge sentenced a Howland man to five years probation for stealing more than $12,000 from his former employer, Second National Bank.

Judge Peter Kontos of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court sentenced Donald Seem, 36, of Black Oak Drive on Monday. Judge Kontos noted that Seem had made full restitution to the bank.

Seem pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony theft, said Dave Toepfer, an assistant county prosecutor. Seem had faced one count of felony theft and three felony counts of forgery, but the three forgery counts were dismissed in exchange for his guilty plea, prosecutors said.

Court officials did not know if Seem is working.

What happened

Sgt. Al Bansky, in charge of the Warren Police Department's financial crimes unit, said Seem was a staff accountant with Second National but left in June 2001.

Bansky said that between July 2000 and May 2001 at Second National, Seem took general ledger tickets and forged names and initials of higher-ranking bank officials who needed to give approval for withdrawals.

He presented them to a teller and withdrew the money, keeping $12,870, Bansky said.

Seem then went onto the bank computer and tried to cover up the withdrawn money but was unable to offset some of it, Bansky said.

An employee found there were misappropriated funds while performing an audit, and the bank contacted police, Bansky said. Seem was arrested March 26 of this year, Bansky said.




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