Felony charges piling up against former Grand Island Northwest music teacher

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) The case against a former music teacher accused of stealing money from a Grand Island Northwest choir fund is getting worse.

(Source: Hall Co. Jail)

Hall County prosecutors Friday filed two more felony forgery charges against David Sackschewsky, 46, of Grand Island.

He had already been charged with felony theft and four counts of second degree forgery. Grand Island police 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. Grand Island police said the total monetary value of the five listed charges was $207,641.28.

Now Sackschewsky faces two additional felony charges for allegedly forging two sheet music invoices totaling more than $4,400.

Sackschewsky was the director of the choir at the time of the offenses which court records indicate happened between 2014 and 2019.

A court 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 withdrawals.

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 was 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, a company 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 were 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.

The two new charges indicate Sackschewsky forged the sheet music invoices between March and May of 2015.

A hearing was scheduled Friday to determine whether prosecutors had enough evidence to send the case to trial court.

Sackschewsky is currently out on bond.

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.

Friday in Hall County Court, Judge Arthur Wetzel ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to district court for possible trial.

If convicted on all seven counts, Sackschewsky could get up to 72 years in prison.

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