WYOMING, Mich. (WZZM) - The former business manager at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Wyoming is accused of stealing nearly $135,000 from the congregation.
"It's a huge shock," says parish member Cory Mitchell.
"It's devastating," adds parishioner Cynthia Dunlap.
James Brian Kulfan, 54, is accused of stealing the money over several years from the church on Clyde Park Avenue SW.
Court documents say, beginning in December 2009, Kulfan allegedly wrote checks to himself without permission and also took cash from the church.
"When something like this happens, it's very disappointing," says Mitchell
"You don't ever think something like this would ever happen," says Dunlap.
The church fired Kulfan in December and turned the investigation over to the police.
If convicted he faces a possible 20 year prison sentence.