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Northern District of Ohio

Friday, February 22, 2013

Toledo Woman Sentenced To Two Years In Prison, Ordered To Pay $505,777 After Stealing From Church

A Toledo woman was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay $505,777 in restitution after previously admitting to stealing from Gesu Parish in Toledo, said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Patricia Stanz, 61, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge James Carr.

“This person abused the trust of her employer and the entire congregation,” Dettelbach said. “This sentence should send a message to those who would abuse the trust of friends, relatives or coworkers to enrich themselves.”

Stanz pleaded guilty last year to one count each of counterfeit securities and fraudulent use of a an access device (credit card).

From August 2007 to August 2011, Stanz was the business manager for the Gesu Parish, Toledo, Ohio, according to court documents.

She created and signed – without authorization – nearly 100 checks totaling approximately $295,000 from the Gesu Parish checking account with the intent to deceive the Fifth Third Bank. She also fraudulently used a credit card issued to Gesu Parish obtaining approximately $230,000 in cash advances and purchases, according to court documents.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and handled by Assistant United States Attorney Thomas A. Karol.

Updated March 12, 2015