ELYRIA — A Vermilion woman has been indicted on theft charges after allegedly stealing nearly $83,000 from a Lorain church.
Kristina Casey, 48, was indicted on three fourth-degree felony counts of theft, according to a secret indictment unsealed last week.
Police said Casey stole $82,561.41 from St. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 2238 E. 32nd St., over a period of four years.
According to a police report, the parish president in November discovered that Casey, the parish financial secretary, had stolen the money from the church. The parish president said the main way Casey would steal the money was by “writing unauthorized checks out to ‘CASH’ or to herself and cashing them,” according to the report.
The police were not contacted on the matter for more than six months, though.
When the church first discovered the theft last year, it initially did not want to contact the police, the report said. During a parish meeting in June, though, the members voted to contact Lorain police and pursue criminal charges.
The church has documented evidence of the thefts and also filed an insurance claim in relation to the theft, the report said. The insurance company was able to document a total of $75,947.26 that was misappropriated from November 2013 to November 2017 by Casey, the report said.
Casey was arrested and taken to Lorain County Jail on Aug. 31, and was released on $20,000 personal bond less than two hours later, according to the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.