Former bookkeeper pleads guilty to church theft

| December 20, 2009

DETROIT (AP) – A former bookkeeper and disbarred attorney has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole money from a Detroit-area church.

The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Friday that Frederick Petz will be sentenced Jan. 25 following his guilty plea to four counts of embezzlement.

An Archdiocese of Detroit audit revealed more than $90,000 in missing funds from Our Lady Star of the Sea Church in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Petz had been given control of church finances, and also worked for the 26-parish Renaissance Vicariate.

Michigan's Attorney Discipline Board revoked his license to practice law in 2001 after Petz was accused of misappropriating money from a client.

The Associated Press could not reach an attorney representing Petz.

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