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Treasurer stole nearly $170K from Bellefonte church, police said

A Bellefonte man is facing more than 300 counts of theft and receiving stolen property after writing checks to himself from a church’s account. (Centre County Prison)

A Bellefonte man is facing more than 300 counts of theft and receiving stolen property after writing checks to himself from a church’s account, according to police.

Police said 56-year-old Charles Kormanski wrote 379 checks to himself from St. John Lutheran Church, totaling nearly $170,000, over the course of seven years, beginning on Christmas 2011.

Police said church officials became suspicious when one of its members, who was in the financial profession, began taking a closer look at the church’s accounts and alerted the church that it would run out of money if something wasn’t done.

That’s when police said that same member noticed some inconsistencies with the church’s bank accounts.

They said the church employed a treasurer who had been in the position since 1998 and was the only one who had access to the church’s bank account information.

According to police, after examining all of the church’s bank accounts, they found that Kormanski had written the checks to himself for a total of $167,420.12.

Kormanski received a salary of $2,550.28 in 2018 for the position.

Police said the evidence showed that Kormanski wrote the checks with the intention to steal from the church.

Kormanski is being held in the Centre County Prison.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for January 23.


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