Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Magistrate puts freeze on woman's accounts
The freeze follows a fraud allegation.
YOUNGSTOWN A magistrate has issued a temporary restraining order barring a woman charged with forgery from writing checks upon, or withdrawing funds from, bank accounts where a lawsuit says she may have deposited stolen funds.
Magistrate Dominic DeLaurentis of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court issued the order Friday barring Christine A. Curtis or "anyone acting in concert with her, including any financial institution" from engaging in such transactions. The frozen accounts are at Home Savings & Loan Co. and Huntington Bank.
A hearing on a preliminary injunction to extend the freeze is set for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 before Magistrate Dennis J. Sarisky.
The injunction request was made in a civil lawsuit filed Friday by Allied Erecting and Dismantling Co. Inc. of Poland Avenue, which employed Curtis for 21/2 years ending Thursday.
Curtis, of Brookwood Road, Boardman, made her initial appearance Friday in Youngstown Municipal Court on the forgery charge, which alleges she wrote to herself and cashed four company checks totaling $3,419.
Curtis, who is free on bond, returns to municipal court Thursday for a preliminary hearing on the criminal charge of forgery.
"Curtis wrongfully and intentionally converted the funds of AED to her personal use," the suit said.