Patricia A. Stanz, age 61, of Toledo, Ohio, Charged with crimes related to the theft of approximately $525,000 from Gesu Parish in Toledo
A criminal information was filed charging Patricia A. Stanz, age 61, of Toledo, Ohio, crimes related to the theft of approximately $525,000 from Gesu Parish in Toledo, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
“This person abused the trust of her employer and the entire congregation,” Dettelbach said.
Stanz was charged with one count each of counterfeit securities and fraudulent use of a an access device.
From August 2007 to August 2011, Stanz was the business manager for the Gesu Parish, Toledo, Ohio, according to the information.
It is alleged that without authorization, she created and signed nearly 100 checks totaling approximately $295,000 from the Gesu Parish checking account with the intent to deceive the Fifth Third Bank. It is further alleged that she fraudulently used a credit card issued to Gesu Parish obtaining approximately $230,000 in cash advances and purchases.
If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the court after review of factors unique to each case, including the defendant’s prior criminal record, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases it will be less than the maximum.
The investigating agency in this case is the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas A. Karol.
An information is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.