An Ohio banking company that claims it was swindled out of $15 million has hired a successor to the chief executive officer who quit shortly after the announcement was made.Wilbur R. Roat started Dec. 15 as president and CEO of Belmont Bancorp in St. Clairsville and its $376 million-asset Belmont National Bank. Mr. Roat was president and CEO of $104 million-asset First Lehigh Bank of Allentown, Pa., which Patriot Bank of Pottstown, Pa., bought last January.

His predecessor at Belmont, J. Vincent Ciroli Jr., quit soon after the June announcement that the $15 million was missing. Robert Brown, Belmont's vice president of marketing and product development, said a top priority for Mr. Roat will be working to recover the money.

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