AP audit implicates parish manager in embezzlement

The former business manager of St. John Vianney School and Parish in Wyoming, Michigan, was recently accused of embezzlement after an accounts payable audit revealed he had misappropriated nearly $135,000 from the church.

James Brian Kulfan allegedly stole the money between December 2009 and December 2011. Kulfan's subsequent termination was addressed in a January bulletin to parishioners, although no specifics were given beyond the incident being "a personnel matter," according to MLive.

Kulfan, who was named in a probable cause affidavit by investigators, is said to have misappropriated the funds by stealing cash and writing checks to himself without permission.

The church discovered the purported embezzlement after bringing in a local accounting firm to investigate losses. The Wyoming Police Department (WPD) was notified after an AP audit implicated Kulfan, who, according to WPD officer Shad McGinnis, admitted to taking approximately $20,000, the source reports.

If convicted on the charge of embezzlement over $100,000, Kulfan could be incarcerated for as long as two decades.

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