DA: Fmr. Archdiocese CFO stole $900,000

| March 15, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – (WPVI) — The former CFO of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been arrested for allegedly stealing nearly one million dollars in church money to pay her credit card bills.

Anita Guzzardi, 42, surrendered to the district attorney's office on Tuesday morning.

According to the D.A.'s office, an investigation into Guzzardi began in July, 2011 when American Express contacted them to report suspicious activity on Guzzardi's accounts.

Investigators say they soon learned that Guzzardi used checks drawn from the general fund of the Archdiocese to pay bills for two personal American Express accounts.

The D.A.'s office said Guzzardi used 184 Archdiocesan checks between 2005 and 2011.

Investigators also said Guzzardi paid a personal Chase credit card with funds from 146 Archdiocesan checks.

A total of more than $900,000 was stolen, the D.A. said. In a statement the Archdiocese said that money was from the general fund.

The statement went on to say that donations to the Heritage of Faith / Vision of Hope capital campaign and the annual Catholic Charities Appeal were not impacted. The theft had no effect on the work of the Blue Ribbon Commission or the decision to close or regionalize any school.




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