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Ex-church manager admits theft

by The Indiana Gazette on August 05, 2013 11:00 AM

Daniel Yasick, 37, of Heilwood, accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the Church of the Resurrection in Clymer, pleaded guilty Friday to theft at a criminal call hearing in Indiana County Court.

State police charged Yasick in 2012 of misappropriating $108,245.52 from the Church of the Resurrection Parish, which has five churches in northern Indiana County communities.

Yasick had worked for 14 years as a business manager for the parish and the diocese.

According to court documents, a priest and parishioners found inconsistencies in the parish’s check ledger and canceled checks. When they confronted Yasick, he admitted taking $23,000 and resigned from his job, according to police.

That night, court papers charge, Yasick let himself back into the church office, logged into the accounting system, altered the records and shredded documents to conceal the losses.

The shredded documents were seized and reassembled by the state police crime laboratory and used in the prosecution.

According to police, some of the missing church money was in the form of checks Yasick had written to himself. A $7,000 check that according to a ledger was issued to a contractor was actually made out to cash. Yasick also charged personal expenses on the church’s credit card and diverted money from Sunday collections and fundraising events, according to the court documents.

In all, Yasick faced 190 individual charges, including 50 counts each of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property; 24 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds; eight counts of fraudulent destruction of records; six counts of forgery; and one count each of tampering with records or identification and tapering with or fabricating physical evidence.

Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said Yasick pleaded guilty Friday to one consolidated count of theft graded as a third-degree misdemeanor. A restitution amount has not been established.

Yasick will be sentenced in November, Dougherty said.

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