Former Jeffersonville Jaycee pleads guilty to embezzling, repays $100K
JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. (WDRB) -- A southern Indiana man admits in court that he stole $100,000 from a Jeffersonville civic organization.
However, Keith Sellmer was still able to avoid going to prison.
According to court documents, from 2010 to 2012, Keith Sellmer wrote more than two dozen checks to himself -- totaling close to $100,000.
Perhaps the only reason he is not headed to prison is because on Monday, he paid back every cent of the money he admitted to stealing.
Sellmer walked through the doors of Circuit Court in Clark County to plead guilty to embezzling the funds from the Jeffersonville Jaycees. He had planned to make a statement to the public through the media, but he changed his mind.
"We talked about it and he felt like he wanted to say something and as we walked out he said, 'I just don't think I can,'" said Larry Wilder, Sellmer's attorney.
A short time later, Sellmer left the courtroom with his father and attorney.
"The representative for the Jaycees was here [Monday] and we paid an $80,000 payment [Monday], the balance is in the court's trust and will be paid by the end of the day," Wilder said.
The organization is now defunct, but Indiana State Police arrested Sellmer after some former Jaycees questioned the whereabouts of money from the sale of the civic group's former meeting place, which was located at Chestnut and Pearl Streets.
"That $100,000 now becomes $150,000 because the community foundation will match that," Wilder said.
Wilder also said the money will still be used to help children.
"My understanding is that the community foundation will administer the money and get it out in scholarships," he said.
Wilder explained the money was used to pay tuition and bills and told us, Sellmer was actually planning to use an inheritance from his mother's death to repay what he took.
"It is not as if there wasn't full understanding that someone was going to realize the money was gone. Had he paid any of it back during that time? No, because he had not received the funds that were used to pay it back," said Wilder.
The money will be controlled by The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana.
Sellmer is now on probation for three years and could be sent to prison if he breaks the law again.
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