Trinity Lutheran School volunteer faces forgery charge in Cook County court

2014-03-12T20:30:00Z 2014-03-12T23:23:06Z Trinity Lutheran School volunteer faces forgery charge in Cook County courtGregory Tejeda Times Correspondent
March 12, 2014 8:30 pm  • 

LANSING | A Lansing man who has worked as a volunteer at Trinity Lutheran School is facing criminal charges related to allegations of misappropriated church funds.

Dana A. Sells, 47, of Lansing, is charged with one count each of forgery, deceptive practices and theft, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

A spokesman for the state's attorney's office said Wednesday that Sells made his initial court appearance on the charges Feb. 4, where Judge Elizabeth Mary Hayes allowed him to remain free without posting bond while the case is pending.

Sells is scheduled to appear in court again March 21 at the 6th District Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Markham. A telephone number for Sells was unlisted. Sells declined to comment to a Times reporter at his Lansing home.

An office manager with Trinity Lutheran Church confirmed Sells is a member of the congregation and that he was never a paid staffer. The office manager on Wednesday referred all questions to the school, which was closed because of the weather.

A copy of a church bulletin dated Feb. 9 obtained by The Times states a possible misappropriation of church funds was discovered earlier this year, and the Lansing Police Department was contacted. It also states Sells was released of his duties as the president of the PTL and as athletic director.

Lansing police officials were not available Wednesday to comment, while village spokesman Fabian Newman was not able to say anything about the incident.

The church bulletin does not specify the amount of the alleged misappropriation.

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