PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and officials of TD Bank are investigating the apparent theft of donations.
Ken Gavin, a spokesman for the archdiocese, confirmed the theft investigation in the wake of a letter mailed late last week to donors to the Catholic Charities Appeal and the Annual Seminary Appeal.READ MORE: Temple University Students, Faculty Have Mixed Feelings About Returning To In-Person Learning
In a statement, Gavin says the archdiocese received confirmation from TD Bank that there was a breakdown involving separate bank lockboxes to which direct mail and in-pew donations for those appeals were processed.READ MORE: Teenage Boy Shot 7 Times In West Philadelphia, Police Say
He says a review by the bank detected a misappropriation of funds between December 2016 and July 2017 by a bank employee who was fired and has since been charged in the theft.
Gavin says the bank is assuring the archdiocese donor personal information was not compromised.MORE NEWS: Man Shot 5 Times, Killed In North Philadelphia, Police Say
He says the archdiocese is now working to come up with a loss figure to determine restitution.