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Mother of Man Charged with Embezzlement Wants Bank Information Protected

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The mother of the Milcreek man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the American Legion where he worked wants the privacy of her own bank account information protected.

Charles Oakes, 53, is accused of embezzling $145,000 from the games of chance revenue over a two-year period from the American Legion Post in Fairview.

Evidence against him includes major purchases.

Oakes claims his mother, Betty Golembiewski, gave him the money from her bank account at Northwest Savings - a bank headquartered in Warren.

Her attorney Gene Placidi argued Monday that search warrants for her account were not filed from the right jurisdiction.

A judge agreed.

"The trooper filed a petition in Warren where the bank's headquarters is for Northwest Savings bank," said Placidi. "It's our position that a magistrate in Erie County did not have the jurisdiction to do that. The Commonwealth agreed with that, and the court did, too."

Investigators will have to reissue that warrant for Northwest Bank in Erie County as their case against Oakes moves forward.

Placidi also argued there is not probable cause to search the bank accounts. The judge ruled that point moot for now.

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