ECHS files suit against former treasurer

ST. MARYS - The Elk County Humane Society has filed suit against its former treasurer, Richard A. Danz, 47, of 376 Walnut St., St. Marys, alleging he siphoned funds from the nonprofit corporation's financial accounts into his own personal bank account, as well as those of his financial and tax business located at 210 Brusselles St. in St. Marys.According to court documents, during his tenure with the humane society which began in 2008 and ended with his resignation on June 22, 2012 after being confronted by humane society personnel about missing funds, Danz had sole control of the organization's finances, as well as accounts purposed for investments, bill payments, and paying of employee payrolls. The suit filed in Elk County Court on July 31, 2012, alleges that during this time Danz embezzled funds from the humane society's financial accounts and used the monies for his own benefit, including the purchase of seven automobiles.According to the complaint, on June 27, 2012, the humane society through its solicitor and attorney Thomas G. Wagner provided Danz with a letter demanding he surrender records pertaining to humane society finances in his possession, as well as account for nearly $300,000 withdrawn from the society's Certificate of Deposit and checking account at CNB Bank in St. Marys.