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Lawyer: No Bond For Accused Exec

June 13, 2000

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ A former American Cancer Society executive accused of stealing $6.9 million from the agency should be held without bond because he likely will leave the country again, a prosecutor told a federal magistrate Monday.

Daniel Wiant went to Switzerland and Austria after a complaint was filed against him June 6, U.S. Attorney Dale Williams said. He turned himself in Friday and was arrested at Port Columbus International Airport.

``His flight is evidence he will flee,″ Williams said.

Wiant, 35, who was the chief administrative officer for the American Cancer Society’s Ohio chapter, was charged with bank fraud in the hearing before Magistrate Nora McCann King. A decision on bond will be made at a detention hearing Wednesday.

Wiant’s lawyer declined comment.

Meanwhile, in another case, an accountant for the Cancer Society, Charlotte Doster, 36, pleaded guilty to aggravated grand theft of $149,000, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said.

She faces up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine when she is sentenced July 27, O’Brien said. Authorities say she used the money for dinners and gifts for others. Insurance covered the loss.

Wiant was Doster’s supervisor during the year in which she stole the money by writing between 20 and 30 checks to herself, Doster’s attorney, Gerald Sunbury, said. Wiant had reviewed her statement on how she embezzled the money, and later fired her, Sunbury said.

Wiant also since has been fired from the agency based in the suburb of Dublin.

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