According to federal authorities, the former business manager at Catholic Charities of Cleveland has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for stealing $2 million from the organization.
According to Acting U.S. Attorney David A. Sierleja and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Office, Michelle Medrick, 58, of North Royalton, U.S. District Judge Christopher Boyko sentenced Medrick to 62 months in federal prison and ordered her to pay $2.4 million in restitution.
She had previously pleaded guilty to bank fraud and her embezzling began in at least 2008 and continued through 2016, authorities said.
Officals said she was employed as the comptroller and the business manager for Catholic Charities at Parmadale and was responsible for payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and other financial transcations.
Medrick converted proceeds of client-agency and donor checks to cash, which she then put in her own bank account, according to court documents.
She wrote more than 1,400 checks payable to cash and misrepresented herself as the agency’s chief financial officer so she could withdraw cash from Catholic Charities bank accounts, according to court documents and statements.
“This defendant stole millions of dollars from the vulnerable men, women and children who are supported by the good works of Catholic Charities,” Sierleja said. “The Diocese uncovered the fraud, came forward to federal authorities and cooperated fully,”