Ohio archdiocese sues ex-worker, says he embezzled

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Archdiocese of Cincinnati and three of its parishes have sued the parishes' former business manager, alleging he embezzled a total of more than $350,000 over several years.

The lawsuit filed Monday in a Hamilton County court alleges Thomas Martin, of Mason, failed to deposit money into parish bank accounts, forged checks and paid fake bills to businesses that the suit says he controlled and that also are named in the suit. The lawsuit also says Martin skimmed parish collection deposits.

The archdiocese says it fired Martin and reported the allegations to the county prosecutor's office. No charges have been filed.

Martin's telephone number wasn't listed. Women answering phones at the two businesses named in the suit declined to comment.

The lawsuit seeks at least $353,000 and punitive damages.

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