Ex-local Knights of Columbus treasurer/secretary convicted

Cary Ashby • Apr 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM

A Norwalk man was convicted Tuesday of skimming thousands of dollars from the local Knights of Columbus Home Association.

Gerald R. Weisenberger, 66, of 9 E. Washington St., pleaded guilty to one count each of theft and securing writings by deception. He will be sentenced June 11 in Huron County Common Pleas Court. Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny is overseeing the case because local Judge Jim Conway is a member of the Norwalk Knights of Columbus.

As part of a plea deal Tuesday, prosecutors dismissed one count of theft.

Weisenberger was the treasurer/secretary for the Norwalk Knights for 21 years. His convictions are for incidents between 2006 through 2011.

Based on a review of financial records, Weisenberger skimmed more than $100,000 from the home association, current Knights treasurer/secretary John Evans earlier told the Reflector. The association handles the bills for the Knights.

Knights representatives reported the theft to the Norwalk Police Department in June.

The situation started with the Knights selling the property at 254 W. Main St. in September 2005. The group now rents the space in the building to hold meetings on a 10-year lease.

The Knights sold the building and grounds for more than $150,000, with a down payment of $50,000, which included an agreement of $25,000 each year plus interest.

Through random checks and balances of computer statements provided by the bank, John Evans said he discovered "there were clearly multiple CD transfers to a checking account" and cash withdrawals often cited by bank slip imaging records with the recipient's signature.

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