A police investigation into money missing from Rochester’s St. Monica Parish has resulted in charges against the parish’s former business manager.
Marlo Santini, who was listed in the Diocesan Directory as St. Monica’s business manager until 2013, was indicted for allegedly stealing property valued at $50,000 or more from the parish, according to the grand jury indictment, which was dated July 3, 2014. The indictment noted that the property went missing between July 1, 2008, and June 4, 2013. A Rochester Police Department investigation into the disappearance of the funds was announced by St. Monica in late August 2013.
Santini was arraigned July 10, 2014, and entered a plea of not guilty, according to a clerk in Judge Vincent Dinolfo’s office. Santini is next scheduled to appear in court before Dinolfo at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6.
Assistant District Attorney James Egan, who has been assigned to the case, said the amount of money missing from the parish is still being determined, but that it is alleged to be more than $50,000.
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Editor’s Note: Reports of concerns of financial fraud and financial abuse at the diocesan Pastoral Center, parishes, schools and/or agencies may be made anonymously by calling 585-328-3228, ext. 1266 (or toll free 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1266), or by writing: Internal Audit Department, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, 1150 Buffalo Road, Rochester, NY 14624.