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Venice church administrator arrested for grand theft

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SARASOTA COUNTY, FL -

A former Venice church administrator is accused of embezzling more than $50,000 from funds intended to help needy parishioners.

Sarasota County deputies arrested Robert Kondratick of Venice today. Until January, he was the administrator of the Holy Spirit Orthodox Church on Shamrock Boulevard. In January, church council officials discovered funds had been misused over a period of six months. Kondratick was fired.

Witnesses told investigators that Kondratick requested signed blank checks to pay what he said were church expenses. However, it was discovered that he cashed 28 checks made out to "cash", or to himself, totaling $53,950.

Kondratick turned himself in today to face one felony count of grand theft.

It's not the first time Kondratick has been connected with financial misconduct. In 2007, the Orthodox Church of America relieved him of his duties as priest after an investigation into financial misconduct in Syosset, New York. Criminal charges were not pursued in that case.

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