UPDATE: Pastor accused of theft has repaid $10,000

| December 16, 2009

A former pastor of a Fond du Lac church has paid back the $10,000 he is accused of stealing from holiday offerings, according to a press release from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

The Rev. Stuart Zak, 55, resigned from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 855 Martin Ave., Nov. 30 after he confessed to stealing money over a period of 10 years, a church official said.

“Over the past two weeks, Mr. Zak has made restitution to the congregation in the amount of $10,000,” said the Rev. Brett Naumann. “We believe this amount fully restores the amount taken.

“As we have stated, Good Shepherd has been blessed by Mr. Zak’s ministry, and we pray that this turn of events will reinforce the message of forgiveness as we look forward to celebrating Christ’s birth. We know that Mr. Zak is forgiven and our prayers are with him on any civil actions that he may face.”

Fond du Lac Police Department Major Kevin Lemke said Detective Lee Mikulec is aware money has been reimbursed.

“When Detective Mikulec gets the report finished, we are still going to forward it to the District Attorney’s Office,” Lemke said.



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