Teresa Kolacz

(Nov. 9, 2018) After being ordered last month to pay more than $81,000 in civil restitution for embezzlement from St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Teresa M. Kolacz heads back to court next month to face a dozen felony counts, including theft of $100,000 or more and 11 counts of forgery.

Upon uncovering the maleficence this spring, church officials with St. George’s contacted Ocean City Police, who later arrested Kolacz, 51, of Berlin, who was employed by the religious institution.

The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office determined that Kolacz had allegedly defrauded the church for over $100,000, with the misappropriations dating back to June 2017.

On July 17, Kolacz was arrested on charges that she embezzled six-figures from St. George’s treasury. In addition to the civil case on Oct. 25, Kolacz has a jury trial scheduled for Dec. 6 in Worcester Circuit Court.

St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 8805 Coastal Highway, was founded in 1985 and has a current congregation of approximately 250 members.

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