Woman charged in $2 million theft of Catholic Charities

CLEVELAND – A former employee of the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Cleveland is charged with stealing $2 million.

The federal government said Wednesday that Michelle Medrick is charged with bank fraud information, which indicates that she has agreed to plead guilty.

Prosecutors say Medrick worked as a controller and business manager for the Catholic Charities, and claim that they fraudulently withdrew money deposited with Fifth Third Bank paid by donations and by government agencies, including Ohio and various counties. Prosecutors say the thefts began in 2008 and ended in March.

The information says that the money was stolen from a Catholic Charitable facility called Parmadale in Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County, which provides foster care and adoption services and homes for children with behavioural problems.

Medrick is from North Royalton. Her lawyer has declined to comment.

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