Maryland Woman Charged With Stealing More Than $100,000 from Her Church

A Maryland woman has been charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from her church in a scheme that lasted several months.

Fifty-one-year-old Teresa M. Kolacz, a former employee of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Ocean City, Maryland, was arrested for allegedly stealing over $100,000 from the church last year, according to Maryland Coast Dispatch.

Kolacz was charged with embezzlement and 11 counts of forgery, after a police investigation with the assistance of the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office found that she began stealing the money in June 2017.

She was released on a $50,000-bond.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 2, and the trial is expected to begin on Nov. 5.

Earlier this month, a 63-year-old woman was found guilty of embezzling more than $818,000 from a Catholic church in Wisconsin.

Deborah Marcellus, who served as the director of development of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rice Lake, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Madison to wire fraud and filing a false income tax return. Marcellus generated more than 200 fraudulent checks from church bank accounts for $818,604 from 2011 until April 2017, according to an investigation done by the IRS and the Rice Lake Police Department.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Anugrah Kumar

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