Detroit priest, parish manager charged with embezzling $700K
Catholic World News - April 24, 2014
A priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit and his parish manager have been indicted on charges of embezzling nearly $700,000 between 2004 and 2012.
The Detroit News reported that Father Edward Belczak, 69, and Janice Verschuren, 67, are alleged to have stolen special collections as well as most of a $350,000 bequest.
The priest was removed from his parish, though allowed to fill in at other parishes, after an archdiocesan audit discovered that he had paid a “ghost employee” $240,000.
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