Investigation Into Fraud

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Investigation into fraud charges continues
By CHARLES AUKERMAN Editor Wadsworth police are still investigating an accountant who allegedly wrote a number of fraudulent checks against the funds of a local church. Donald H. Tiger, 40, of West Street has been bound over to the grand jury by the Wadsworth Municipal Court, on suspicion of stealing funds from the Restored Church of God, 1 Park Centre Dr., Wadsworth. Police were asked to investigate the former church treasurer by the minister and other church officials. Tiger resigned as church treasurer last month after he was told he could no longer write checks on the church’s funds. The investigation raised several other questions about Tiger, if that is his correct name. Detectives found documents in his apartment which identified him as Gregory Walburn, Walter Noble and Richard Russell. The documents included birth certificates and photo IDs, including a pair of Illinois driver’s licenses, both with his photo. Officers also executed warrants on storage units in Norton and Akron, which had been opened under the name of Walter Noble. Noble was also the name used to open an FTS account in Charter One Bank in Wadsworth. “Items were secured from both storage units,” Sgt. Mark Anderson of the police detective bureau said. Detective Dan Boyd is in charge of the investigation. Checks against the church account were also written to a pair of fictitious companies in Illinois. Clarity Media Co. and ABS Corp. have addresses at Mailboxes, Etc. in Naperville, Ill., neither of which has a state license or has paid taxes. Police also discovered that Tiger has a federal warrant out against him, issued in Detroit. He also is suspected in a similar theft from a Wisconsin church. Tiger was in the process of moving from his apartment when police arrived to serve his warrant. Judge Stephen McIlvaine set bail at $100,000. Forgery is a fifth-degree felony.

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