To break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation
But the governor of Syria had sent a demand for Herod's acquittal, and so Hyrcanus adjourned the trial and persuaded the accused to abscond.
abscond with the funds!
The phrase "to levant," meaning to abscond, especially of one who runs away leaving debts unpaid, particularly of a betting man or gambler, is taken from the Span.
The Treasurer was a member whose legs were burned, this ensured he could not abscond with the funds!