A former church administrator is facing theft and fraud charges after more than 400-thousand dollars was embezzled over six years.
The suspect was in charge of the books at the Parish of Saint Bernadette.
Police allege he would withdraw money from the church account, then enter false information into the leger to cover up what he had done.
He was only caught six years later, during a routine audit by the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface.
Doug Cross, deacon parish at the church, says the money stolen came from parishioners.
“Partly from donations, partly from the weekly collection and a significant amount from the Parish Renovation Fund,” he said.
Police say instead, that money was spent on things like the suspect’s bills, mortgage and travel.
Constable Jason Michalyshen says it’s a lesson for every organization.
“We need to have those checks and balances in place regardless of who we’re dealing with, regardless of what group or organization may be involved,” he said.
Leo McCaughan, 39, is charged with theft, fraud and falsification of books and documents.
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