Toledo woman sentenced in church theft case

| May 19, 2010

TOLEDO — A woman who stole thousands of dollars from a Toledo non profit has been sentenced.

Lisa Duda, the former employee of St. Paul’s Community Center was found guilty on one count of aggravated theft, and will spend two years behind bars.

Duda pleaded no contest to taking more than $200,000 from the church.

The theft was uncovered last September when Lisa Duda was confronted by the Board of Directors that she had written unauthorized checks throughout a five year period totaling over $200,000.

St. Paul's has a program in which they assist mentally disabled clients handle their bills. The money was allegedly stolen from a reserve fund connected to that program.

"The monies that were embezzled or stolen came out of 30 accounts and it was a very slick program and it went on for several years," Tony Thiros, President of St. Paul Community Center Board of Directors said.

The stolen money has been returned to the clients from other investments held by St. Paul’s Community Center.

As part of her plea deal, Duda agreed to pay back the money.

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Category: Church Security