May 7, 1996 in Nation/World

Bishop Says Staffer Stole $1.1 Million

Compiled From Wire Services

A longtime employee of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn allegedly diverted $1.1 million in church funds to her own bank accounts, a distressed Bishop Thomas Daily announced Monday.

“This is a sad day for us in the Diocese of Brooklyn,” Daily said in a news conference at which he glumly described how a trusted employee with more than 30 years of service to the diocese had allegedly stolen a massive amount of church funds. Hours later, attorneys for the diocese turned over information about the loss to the district attorney.

The diocese alleged that the money was stolen by the manager of its pension office, Vincenza Bologna, 53, who lives in a $165,000 house in Brooklyn.

The bishop stressed that the assets of the pension fund, which makes payments to 3,600 lay retirees from church, school and hospital jobs, were not affected and that benefits would be paid.

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