GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) The Hall County Attorney Monday charged a former teacher with five felonies in connection with money stolen from the Northwest show choir fund.
David Sackschewsky, 46, Grand Island, is charged with felony theft and four counts of second degree forgery.
He appeared in court Monday from the Hall County jail via video call for his initial hearing.
The judge set Sackschewsky's preliminary hearing in Hall County Court for June 4, 2019. His bond was set at 10 percent of $10,000.
Sackschewsky is currently out on bond.
Grand Island police Friday arrested Sackschewsky after connecting him to a Sept. 27th 2018, complaint of suspicious transactions on the bank account of the 14-Karat Gold Show Choir at Northwest High School.
Sackschewsky's attorney, Mark Porto, said he was surprised at his client's quick arrest over the Easter weekend, because his client was cooperating with police for months.
Mr. Sackschewsky was the director of the choir at the time of the offenses. Grand Island police Friday said the total monetary value of the five listed charges was $207,641.28.
The affidavit shows police found suspicious activity in both Sackschewsky's personal and business accounts, and mentions at least two family members in the transactions.
It says an employee with First National Bank Omaha flagged the show choir's account in late September after more than $20,000 in cash was taken out with ATM withdrawls.
The bank launched an investigation, and found many two-party checks written directly to Sackschewsky. They reported most of the suspicious checks were written by the show choir treasurer, who is also Sackschewsky's sister.
The police investigation revealed Sackschewsky got close to $180,000 from the show choir account since May 2016, which it says he funneled into his personal account, and an account for Choral Strategies, which he and his wife own and run.
The report says in a period of two months, he withdrew $24,400 in cash from various ATM machines using the show choir debit card.
The document also says he forged and inflated invoices from music and licensing vendors that was never done at the school. The forgery charges refer to transactions made on June 14, 2014, in the amount of $10,100; June 1, 2015, for $15,400; November 15, 2015, for $1,800; and November 30, 2015 for $1,800.
Sackschewsky recently resigned his position at Northwest.
In October of last year, Sackschewsky was seriously injured in a traffic accident west of Grand Island. At the time investigators said Sackschewsky's pickup drifted into the opposing lane and struck a semi-truck head on.
If charged and convicted on all five counts, Sackschewsky could get up to 60 years in prison.