Ex-church worker bound over for trial on embezzlement

| February 5, 2012

About a dozen parishioner from Westland's St. Theodore Catholic Church turned out Thursday for a preliminary examination scheduled for a former church employee charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from the parish.

“We're supporting our parish, she's a crook,” said parishioner Loretta LaBerge, who attended the hearing with her husband George. “We're upset and want to make sure justice is done.”

In a short appearance before 18th District Court Judge Mark McConnell, Kathleen Galoch, 63, waived her right to a preliminary examination. Galoch was ordered bound over to Wayne County Circuit Court on a charge of embezzling over $1,000 from a nonprofit organization, a 10-year felony. A not guilty plea had been entered for Galoch, a Canton resident, who remains free on a $10,000 personal bond.

Some of the parishioners at court didn't realize that Galoch was charged with embezzling only a fraction of the $143,000 reported missing from the parish where she had been employed since 1986 to handle bookkeeping and other administrative duties until being laid off early in 2011.



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