Janesville church secretary embezzled $88,000, police say

| June 3, 2013

JANESVILLE — The former secretary of a Janesville church wrote nearly $90,000 in forged checks to herself over 10 months last year, according to police reports.

Carrie A. Kolanda, 30, of 9020 S. Nelson Road, Brodhead, was arrested May 14 on felony charges of forgery and theft of more than $10,000, according to Janesville police.

An accountant uncovered 70 checks Kolanda forged for herself from First Congregational United Church of Christ between January and October of 2012, according to police reports.

The checks were written from two church accounts, authorities said, adding up to $88,329.68.

The accountant, David Bagley, requested copies of checks cleared from those accounts last fall after he realized their balances were lower than he expected, police said.

Kolanda was fired in October and admitted to church officials she stole the money, authorities said.

Detective Chris Buescher found the checks were deposited into Anchor Bank accounts—one in Kolanda’s name and another in the names of Kolanda and her 29-year-old boyfriend Darrold F. Selby III, according to reports.




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