Knights of Columbus treasurer surrenders
Michael D. Twigg, 46 of Glenolden Borough, Pennsylvania, surrendered Friday, Sept. 28 on charges filed by the Delaware County District Attorney’s Economic Crimes Unit. As Treasurer of the Knights of Columbus (Cardinal Dougherty Assembly, and Trinity Chapters), Twigg allegedly stole more than $50,000 over a period of approximately five years.
The Trinity Chapter of the Knights of Columbus includes 31 separate counsels from Delaware, Chester and Montgomery Counties. The Trinity Chapter raises funds that are given to various catholic and religious organizations. Michael Twigg was elected treasurer by members of the Knights of Columbus and according to statements, he held the position for the Cardinal Dougherty Assembly for four years and for more than 15 years for the Trinity Chapter.
Complaints were received from members of the Knights of Columbus (Cardinal Dougherty Assembly, and Trinity Chapters) regarding two separate bank accounts, one at Eagle Bank for the Cardinal Dougherty Assembly and one at TD Bank for Trinity Chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Both accounts require two signatures on outgoing checks. During interviews with investigators, members advised that signatures on 50 checks deposited in these bank accounts were allegedly forged by Twigg.
On July 20, 2012, members of the Trinity Chapter and the Cardinal Dougherty Assembly both received letters from Twigg admitting to the theft of funds over a five year period of time. After CID detectives made contact with Twigg, he admitted to stealing the funds, both from the Assembly and Trinity Chapters. He stated the means in which he did so was to write checks to himself and deposit them into his personal bank account.
“It is unfortunate when volunteers in religious and charitable organizations breach the trust instilled in them for their own selfish gain,” said District Attorney Jack Whelan. “Our Economic Crime Unit is dedicated to protecting all victims of theft and fraud, especially charitable organizations. I also want to applaud CID Detective Michele Deery for her exemplary work on the case.”
Twigg is charged with multiple counts of theft, all felonies of the third degree, and 50 counts of forgery of the second degree. Bail was set at $50,000 unsecured. A preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday, October 2, 2012 before District Judge Steven A. Sandone of Darby District Court.
The Delaware County District Attorney’s Economic Crime Unit of the Criminal Investigation Division investigates Financial Crimes including Corporate Embezzlement, Identity Theft, Forgery, Bank Fraud, Contractor Fraud, Internet Fraud and Insurance Fraud.