Members of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange, Connecticut have turned to the FBI for help, after discovering an embezzlement scheme may have drained them of a lot of cash, according to the WTNH (New Haven) website.
The Church has been undergoing a $6 million expansion project, and as much as a million dollars may have been embezzled, making it difficult for the Church to recoup and continue the project.
In a statement to News Channel 8 (CT)today, attorney for the Church, John Martini, said, "Saint Barbara's is a possible victim of financial fraud committed by one or more other people. We are now working and cooperating with the FBI in connection with its investigation of the facts and circumstances relating to this matter."
The member of the Church under investigation is not being named, but that person reportedly had access to the Church's endowment and building funds. That person also reportedly handled personal investment and retirement accounts for Church members.
More than 150 members of the Church met at an emergency meeting Sunday night (December 6, 2009) to discuss this matter.