Saturday, August 18, 2001

Imprisoned exec agrees to pay charity




The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — A former American Cancer Society executive who embezzled nearly $7 million from the charity has agreed to pay the charity's Ohio chapter more than $1.5 million to settle a civil lawsuit.

        The charity, however, might not see that money anytime soon. Daniel S. Wiant is serving a 13 1/2-year sentence in federal prison.

        He embezzled $6.9 million from the Cancer Society in June 2000 when he was the chief administrative officer at the charity's Ohio division and then fled to Europe, where he had moved the money to an Austrian account.

        Mr. Wiant agreed to return to the United States after the FBI froze the account. He pleaded guilty in August 2000 to four embezzlement-related charges and was sentenced in April.

        The money was recovered.

        The Cancer Society sued Mr. Wiant to recover costs of the investigation and money investigators determined Mr. Wiant had stolen over three years.

        Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Dale A. Crawford this week ordered Mr. Wiant to pay $1,546,859.68 after attorneys for the Cancer Society negotiated a settlement with Mr. Wiant.

        “You know, whatever you say about the guy, he apparently is a fairly resourceful person,” said Danny R. Williams, general counsel for the Cancer Society's Ohio division.

        “And if this prison term teaches him anything appropriate, hopefully when he gets out and decides to turn his life around, he'll be able to earn some income. And if he does, we just want to be right there first in line.”

       



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