The Daniel Yasick case comes before the Indiana County Court today as the former business manager of the Church of the Resurrection faces formal arraignment on charges that he stole at least $107,000 from the parish.
Yasick faces 182 felony charges: 100 counts of theft by deception; 50 counts of receiving stolen property; 8 counts of fraudulent destruction, removal, or concealment of recordable instrument; and 24 counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received. He also is charged with six forgery offenses, tampering with records, and tampering with evidence.
Yasick was arrested last October after an eight-month investigation by authorities who were alerted to financial misdeeds by church officials. Investigators say that when confronted by church officials last January, he admitted taking $23,000, resigned, and then went to his office and logged on to the church’s books, altering records to cover himself. Then they say he shredded documents to conceal his crimes, but police collected the shredded papers and pieced them back together.
The Church of the Resurrection is based in Clymer, with worship sites there and in Ernest, Glen Campbell, Heilwood, and Rossiter. Investigators say Yasick began taking the money in 2008.