Gesu Catholic Church reports funds missing to FBI

Posted by Dave Dykema - email

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Gesu Catholic Church on Parkside Blvd. contacted the FBI in Cleveland last week after the parish discovered money missing from one of its accounts. They've also been in touch with Fifth Third Bank, which handles its accounts.

Diocese Spokesperson Sally Oberski said she doesn't know how much is missing.

On the first day of school at Gesu this is tough news for parishioners to digest.

Paul Syring is coach of the Gesu Greyhounds, the 5th and 6th grade football team. He's also a lifelong member of Gesu Catholic Church.

"Somewhat surprised to hear it. It's the first time I've heard it," Syring said. "So I am going to keep my eyes and ears open and my mind open and am anxious to hear what the diocese has to say, what the pastor has to say and I hope it's good news and not as bad as it may appear at first impression."

Carol DuPuis says Gesu Church and School are known for honesty and loyalty. She says the parish did the right thing in reporting the missing money to the FBI.

"Oh absolutely, absolutely. I mean that is what we are about too, is doing the right thing by the entire school so I hope they get to the bottom of it," DuPuis said.

Coach Syring says the school and church have separate financial accounts. As of now, WTOL 11 hasn't received any indication the missing money came from the school.

But who is responsible will have to be determined through the FBI investigation.

"I know we will show compassion because of our faith," Syring said, "but nonetheless it is a possible crime and we have laws for that and I think the law will handle it properly."