Ex-Somerton civic leader pleads guilty in theft

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The former president of the Somerton Civic Association pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three years’ probation Wednesday in the theft of about $20,000 from the civic group and the Fraternal Order of Police.


Seth Kaplan, 32, pleaded guilty to theft and receiving stolen property. Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Robert P. Coleman then sentenced Kaplan to the terms agreed on in the plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

Defense attorney Robert J. Donatoni praised Detective Anthony Krebs for cooperating with him and allowing Kaplan to make full restitution before the criminal charges were filed in November.





“He’s expressed remorse, he’s sorry for what he did,” said Donatoni. “He made a huge mistake and now he’s ready to move on.”

Assistant District Attorney Lauren Stram confirmed the terms of the guilty plea agreement.

Kaplan was first charged in November with stealing more than $19,000 from the civic association and the Somerton residents who donated to it. Kaplan collected the money, saying he would use it to put American flags along streets in Somerton.




A month later, Kaplan was charged with stealing $1,500 he solicited for the flag program from the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 charitable fund.

When Kaplan was confronted about the thefts, he admitted taking the money and said he had financial problems resulting from a divorce.


















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