(Aug. 10, 2018) Teresa M. Kolacz, 51, of Berlin, an employee of St. George Greek Orthodox Church, was arrested on July 17 on charges that she embezzled more than $100,000 from its treasury.
On May 15, church officials with St. George, 8805 Coastal Highway, contacted Ocean City Police after discovering at least $50,000 in misappropriated funds.
Police reported in May that the suspect, later identified as Kolacz, was cooperating with an investigation to determine the exact dollar figure involved.
The Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office subsequently determined that Kolacz had allegedly stolen over $100,000 dating back to June 2017.
Kolacz now faces a dozen felony counts, including theft of $100,000 or more and 11 counts of forgery.
On July 16, a warrant was issued for Kolacz, who turned herself in the following day to detectives at the Ocean City Public Safety Building.
On July 20, Kolacz was released pending trial after posting $50,000 bond and has a jury trial scheduled on November 5 in Worcester County Circuit Court.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church, which was founded in 1985, has a current congregation of approximately 250 members.