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LINCOLN - A former Hartsburg-Emden High School principal has been accused of theft and forgery.

Daniel S. Savery, 49, of the 200 block of McDivitt Street, Lincoln, is accused of stealing $6,000 from the Illinois Principals Association and Logan County Athletic and Music Association. He is scheduled to appear in court today.

Savery resigned for "personal reasons" from Hartem last fall after working at the school for six years, said Superintendent Donald Helm. "The charges against him in no way affected our schools while he was principal here since they involve two separate not-for-profit organizations," he said.

According to Logan County court records, Savery allegedly altered savings account statements between June 2004 and July 2005 to prevent officials from the Illinois Principals Association from discovering he had stolen more than $5,000. Savery also allegedly stole more than $1,000 from the Logan County Athletic and Music Association, the records showed.

No one from the principals' association or music group could be reached for comment. The felonies each carry a prison term of up to five years and a $25,000 fine.

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