Wayne County woman stole $221K while employed at local church

A 61-year-old Wayne County woman is accused of embezzling more than $200,000 from a local church after a lengthy investigation into its finances.

Katherine Catalano, 61, was arrested by New York State Police following the investigation. Altogether, the Living Word Assembly of God is said to have lost $221,000 in the scheme.

Catalano reportedly worked for the church and stole the money over a period of seven years. She had been terminated about a year ago for unrelated job issues.

Investigators say she faces a second-degree grand larceny charge. They note that the theft was executed over a series of seven years in small increments — making it more difficult to track.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for November 10th.