Catholic church administrator accused of embezzling thousands of dollars
(6/11/2018) - A former employee of a Catholic church in Tuscola County is heading to trial, accused of embezzling money.
Investigators believe Alma Moreno-Babcock, who was the church's liturgy coordinator, may have been stealing money for at least a couple of years, if not longer.
She was arrested last month, accused of embezzling between $1,000 and $20,000 from the church. The Michigan State Police investigated after being contacted by the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.
The diocese says it was alerted to the situation after other staff members discovered "financial irregularities" at St. Christopher Parish.
The St. Christopher Parish consists of Sacred Heart Church in Caro and St. Joseph Church in Mayville.
Investigators believe some money that Moreno-Babcock was handling disappeared as she took it from the church to the place it was supposed to be deposited.
Court documents indicate the alleged embezzlement may have taken place over an eight-year period, starting in 2009. The diocese says it continues to work closely with law enforcement in its own assessment of the situation.
Moreno-Babcock remains free on bond as she awaits her next court date. She faces 10 years in prison if convicted.