Ex-Cleveland Catholic Charities employee admits to $2M theft

CLEVELAND – A former employee who is involved in the management of funds for Cleveland Catholic Charities has admitted to embezzling more than $2 million from the organization. reports ( ) 58-year-old Michelle Medrick pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of bank fraud in Cleveland federal court. The North Royalton woman is confronted with more than five years in federal prison when they are sentenced in April.

Medrick worked at the Catholic Charities for 26 years, where she managed accounts for Parmadale — family-services facility that the organization runs in Parma.

Prosecutors say she embezzled the funds somewhere between 2008 and last year. Medrick admitted to writing nearly 1,500 checks payable to “cash” of the Catholic Charities’ account.

Catholic Charities president and CEO Patrick Gareau says the organization remains committed to assisting in the northeast Ohio is the most vulnerable.



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