Former archdiocese employee charged with embezzling $116K

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has been charged with embezzling $116,000.

The Wyandotte County prosecutor’s office announced Friday that 52-year-old Rose A. Hammes, of Kansas City, Kansas, is charged with three counts of felony theft. She is jailed in Wyandotte County on $50,000 bond. Her defense attorney, Jacquelyn Rokusek, didn’t immediately return a phone call from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The archdiocese said in written statement that Hammes served as the director of communications and pastoral planning from September 2010 until April 2014, when “financial irregularities” were discovered. The statement said the archdiocese hopes to recover the money through insurance. Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann urged prayer and patience.

Hammes previously worked for dioceses in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and Winona, Minnesota.

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