Church Workers Charged With Stealing Collections

WAYLAND — Two church workers have been charged with stealing from two parishes and police say both apparently thought they were working alone.

The Archdiocese of Boston contacted Wayland police last Thursday concerned that someone was possibly stealing money from the weekly collections at St. Zepherin’s and St. Ann’s churches.

After a weekend investigation, police arrested two employees – custodian John Inferrere and religious education director Marjory O’Day.

Investigators say both were caught with money that was stolen from the collections.

Ironically, police say, even though both Inferrere and O’Day were stealing money from the same source, the thefts are not related because it appears they were not aware of each other’s actions.

Police say the church’s custodian told them his wife lost her job about a year ago last October, that he’d been taking money out of the church’s safe since last February, converting $10’s and $20’s into $100’s and had 17 $100 bills in his wallet when he was arrested.

Police say O’Day denied stealing the three hundred-dollar packets in her handbag when she was arrested, but the archdiocese had hired a security firm that caught her and Inferrere with a surveillance camera and marked bills.

“And the marked monies were found on each of them during the investigation,” said Gerard Leone, Middlesex County District Attorney.

There was no answer at the custodian’s home down the street from the church.  For more go to wbztv

One Response to Church Workers Charged With Stealing Collections

  1. Sadly, Church Fraud is a very real concern, with potential risk from the outside as well as within. There are simple steps to increase the security of a church’s finances but it is difficult to know where to start. I recently found out about a Christian Accounting firm that offers online tools and support for churches. They have some excellent resources as well as an online questionnaire that will determine whether a church is at risk. Their service is called Weeds in the Garden.

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