Ex-condo treasurer pleads guilty
WARREN — The former treasurer of the Gemwood XX Condo Homeowners Association who stole money from the group pleaded guilty Monday to theft in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Michele M. Sember, 151 Diamond Way, Cortland, was accused of making 48 transfers out of the group’s account at Seven Seventeen Credit Union into her bank account from Sept. 2, 2016, through Oct. 31, 2017.
It’s estimated Sember stole more than $20,000 from the association, according to Charles Morrow, Trumbull County assistant prosecutor.
A pre-sentence investigation was ordered by Common Pleas Court Judge Peter J. Kontos.
When confronted about the transfers by Cortland police detective John Weston on Nov. 13, 2017, Sember admitted transferring the funds from the association’s account without obtaining permission. Sember, according to a police report, explained she lost her job and used the money to pay bills and college tuition for her two children.
Before she was questioned by police, Sember stated she already deposited $10,914 back into the association’s account, and was waiting on money from her retirement plan to replace the rest, the report states.
Sember told police she did not believe what she was doing was wrong.
“I always planned on transferring the funds back into the account and had started the process prior to being notified by the Cortland Police,” she wrote in a statement.
On Nov. 14, 2017, the association informed the department Sember returned another $9,000 back into its credit union account. Two days later, she deposited another $475 to bring the account current.