A former lay employee of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis was formally charged with seven counts of theft by swindle June 15 in Ramsey County District Court.
The complaint filed with the court identifies the individual as Scott Domeier.
In a statement released the same day, the archdiocese said that in January, after accounting staff members identified irregularities related to documentation of certain archdiocesan credit card transactions, it conducted a preliminary investigation into the matter and placed the individual on administrative leave.
“As additional evidence was uncovered, an independent committee was appointed to oversee the investigation, the individual in question was dismissed, and all information was immediately turned over to law enforcement,” the statement said.
“This matter will not affect the Archdiocese’s ability to meet its financial obligations or other responsibilities, including those to parishes, schools and employees,” the archdiocese added, reaffirming a statement it made on the matter last March.
The archdiocese shared the results of an independent forensic audit with insurers who confirmed that insurance will cover substantially all of the loss, which was determined to total approximately $770,000 over eight years. In addition, the independent forensic audit resulted in recommendations for internal control enhancements that have been implemented, the archdiocese said.
As the criminal case moves forward, the archdiocese said will continue to work with police and prosecution authorities.