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Venice church official accused of embezzling $53,950

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
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      church official accused of embezzling $53,950
      Staff report

      Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.
      Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.
      VENICE - The administrator of a Venice church is accused of
      embezzling more than $50,000 from funds intended to help struggling
      parishioners, says the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

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      Robert Kondratick (Photo provided / Sarasota County Sheriff's
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      Robert Kondratick, 67, of the 11700 block of Tempest Harbor Loop in Venice,
      was arrested Wednesday for reportedly embezzling from church funds intended to
      help people who have fallen on hard times.
      In January, church council members contacted the sheriff's office after
      discovering funds had been misused over a six month period from June to December
      2012. Kondratick, then employed as administrator of the Holy Spirit Orthodox
      Church, was then fired by church officials.
      Witnesses told the sheriff's office that Kondratick requested signed blank
      checks to pay what he claimed were church expenses. However, an investigation
      revealed he cashed 28 checks made out to "cash" or to himself - totaling
      $53,950. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Kondratick, who turned
      himself in to face one felony count of grand theft.
      In 2007, the Orthodox Church of America relieved Kondratick of his duties as
      priest following an investigation into financial misconduct while he was working
      in the state of New York. At that time, criminal charges were not
      pursued.
      NEW: Venice church official accused of embezzling $53,950Staff report
      Robert Kondratick (Photo provided / Sarasota County
      Sheriff's Office)HeraldTribune.comMarch 6, 2013 4:12 PM
      <p><em>VENICE</em> - The
      administrator of a Venice church is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from
      funds intended to help struggling parishioners, says the Sarasota County
      Sheriff's Office. </p><p>Robert Kondratick, 67, of the 11700 block
      of Tempest Harbor Loop in Venice, was arrested Wednesday for reportedly
      embezzling from church funds intended to help people who have fallen on hard
      times.</p><p>In January, church council members contacted the
      sheriff's office after discovering funds had been misused over a six month
      period from June to December 2012. Kondratick, then employed as administrator of
      the Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, was then fired by church
      officials.</p><p>Witnesses told the sheriff's office that Kondratick
      requested signed blank checks to pay what he claimed were church expenses.
      However, an investigation revealed he cashed 28 checks made out to "cash" or to
      himself - totaling $53,950. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for
      Kondratick, who turned himself in to face one felony count of grand
      theft.</p><p>In 2007, the Orthodox Church of America relieved
      Kondratick of his duties as priest following an investigation into financial
      misconduct while he was working in the state of New York. At that time, criminal
      charges were not pursued.</p>Copyright
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    • Bill Samsonoff
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        NEW: Venice church official accused of embezzling $53,950

        Staff report


        Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.


        Last Modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 4:12 p.m.

        /VENICE/ - The administrator of a Venice church is accused of embezzling
        more than $50,000 from funds intended to help struggling parishioners,
        says the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

        Robert Kondratick, 67, of the 11700 block of Tempest Harbor Loop in
        Venice, was arrested Wednesday for reportedly embezzling from church
        funds intended to help people who have fallen on hard times.

        In January, church council members contacted the sheriff's office after
        discovering funds had been misused over a six month period from June to
        December 2012. Kondratick, then employed as administrator of the Holy
        Spirit Orthodox Church, was then fired by church officials.

        Witnesses told the sheriff's office that Kondratick requested signed
        blank checks to pay what he claimed were church expenses. However, an
        investigation revealed he cashed 28 checks made out to "cash" or to
        himself - totaling $53,950. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for
        Kondratick, who turned himself in to face one felony count of grand theft.

        In 2007, the Orthodox Church of America relieved Kondratick of his
        duties as priest following an investigation into financial misconduct
        while he was working in the state of New York. At that time, criminal
        charges were not pursued.










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