Greensburg attorney accused in theft of nearly $50K from Masonic lodge
A review of check disbursements by an officer of a Fayette County fraternal organization resulted in multiple criminal charges being filed against a Greensburg attorney for the alleged theft of nearly $50,000.
Attorney Donald B. Moreman, 58, was charged by county Detective John F. Marshall with 75 counts of forgery and four counts of theft by unlawful taking from the Pleasant Valley Masonic Center in Bullskin. Moreman was arraigned before Connellsville District Judge Ronald Haggerty Jr. and released on unsecured bond.
Marshall said in court documents filed Thursday that Kenneth Brooks, president of the masonic center, visited a Scottdale Bank and Trust office to review the organization’s checking account because officers noticed some checks appeared to have been drawn without the required three signatures. Checks were required to carry the signatures of Brooks, Moreman and Secretary Warren Vail, Marshall said.
“Brooks then observed that there was monies spent on bills from Sears in which Brooks realized that the Mason Lodge has no account at Sears. Upon review of the documents, Brooks realized that his name and that of Warren Vail were forged on the checks for monies,” Marshall wrote.
According to court documents, money was removed from the lodge account for expenditures at Sam’s Club, Verizon, Comcast and Sears. In addition, signatures had been forged on 75 checks since June 2017, Marshall reported.
Authorities found thousands of dollars from the lodge’s savings account were taken and “withdrawn by Donald Moreman.”
Marshall said an audit revealed the total amount taken from the lodge accounts totalled $49,595.
Messages left for Moreman, who lives in Bullskin, were not immediately returned.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Dec. 11.
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