Hearing adjourned in church embezzlement case

| January 22, 2012

A preliminary examination for a Canton woman charged with embezzling more than $13,000 from a Westland church has been adjourned until Feb. 2.

The defense attorney representing Kathleen Galoch, 63, requested the delay Thursday in 18th District Court to allow more time to review the audit prepared by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

A long-time employee at St. Theodore Catholic Church, Galoch has been charged with embezzling over $1,000 from a nonprofit organization — a 10-year felony. A not-guilty plea was entered on behalf of Galoch, who was freed on a $10,000 personal bond

The adjourned hearing drew a number of onlookers connected with the church. The amount of money Galoch is charged with stealing is only a fraction of the nearly $143,000 reported missing from St. Theodore and allegedly used by Galoch, the former bookkeeper, to pay her family's personal bills.

Charges couldn't be brought against Galoch for the full amount of the missing since the Rev. Gary Michalik, who was the parish priest during this time, told police that he authorized Galoch to spend the other funds.

 

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