Charges filed in Gesu money theft

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) – Charges have been filed in the case of missing funds from Gesu Catholic Church.

The church's former business manager Patricia Ann Stanz, who worked at the parish from 2007 to 2011, stole more than $525,000 in a couple of different ways.

Two counts were filed today in federal court against Stanz. She is accused of Counterfeit Securities, specifically falsely creating or signing about 97 checks from the Gesu checking account, with the intention of deceiving Fifth Third Bank. She is also charged with fraudulently using the church's Mastercard for personal items.

No one is saying where the money is now, but parishioners are relieved by the possible break in the case.

"I feel kind of, uh, I feel better. I feel like we can get past this. I mean the church has remained solvent, despite losing over $500,000. And then I am going to feel better about giving my money back to Gesu." Said parishioner Mary Koury.

If convicted of both counts, Stanz faces a maximum of 25 years behind bars.

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