Public Statement from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg learned late on Tuesday, May 21st that it has been a victim of attempted bank fraud involving forged checks from its bank accounts.
“Seminary funds are not at risk” said Marty Stevens, the Seminary’s Chief Financial Officer, who acted quickly in mobilizing the Seminary’s bank, PNC. Stevens indicated that the Seminary was alerted by several individuals who received fraudulent checks dated May 20, 2013 for $2330, followed by an email request to cash the check and send a stated amount to a fraudulent person. PNC has communicated a stop order on the fraudulent checks and is being assisted by federal law enforcement in an investigation of the fraud. Individuals receiving the checks are not known by the seminary and are scattered across the country, said Stevens.
Seminary officials are monitoring the investigation and have been in communication with individuals and vendors who have legitimate, outstanding checks from its accounts. Stevens indicated that the Seminary has worked with the bank’s staff to secure all seminary funds.
“We are concerned about the fact that individuals receiving the fraudulent checks are also potential victims” said Stevens, “especially in cases where those individuals send money to the source of the fraud.” Any individual who received or receives a suspicious check from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg should contact the Seminary immediately at 717-334-6286 or the Bank fraud office at PNC Bank.