Former Sebastian Elks Lodge treasurer Andrew Simso charged with stealing more than $120K from club

SEBASTIAN — The former treasurer for the Elks Lodge in Sebastian was charged Monday with stealing more than $120,000 from the club during a 10-month span, according to affidavits.

Police charged Andrew Simso, 67, of the 1500 block of Ocean Cove Street, Sebastian, with organized fraud of more than $50,000. He posted $50,000 bail Monday at the Indian River County Jail.

The case was reported to Sebastian police on April 30 after Simso resigned and advised the incoming treasurer about the missing money, the affidavit states.

Simso has paid back $59,000 to the club, but told police he ran into problems a few months ago when the state passed a law banning arcades from giving out prizes, said police spokesman Officer Steve Marcinik.

Simso told detectives he had used his gambling wins to pay back the Elks Lodge.

This story will be updated with more information.

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