Hamilton County Sheriff's Office
(Hamilton County, Oh.) – Catholics view the Lenten season as a time for grief and self improvement.
Parishioners of three area churches have expressed grief over their trust being betrayed by Thomas Martin. Martin is the one who may be in need of self improvement.
Martin, 48, previously pleaded guilty to three counts of theft in Hamilton County court. On Tuesday, the judge sentenced him to three years in prison to be followed by five years of probation.
Martin was the business manager for three catholic churches, including Saint John the Baptist Church in Harrison, Saint John the Evangelist in Deer Park, and Holy Family in East Price Hill.
Prosecutors say Martin stole more than $350,000 from the churches which belong to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati over several years. About $124,000 of that amount was taken from Saint John the Baptist when he would steal money on a weekly basis and try to cover his tracks with false ledgers.
Martin, of Mason, was also ordered to pay $10,000 restitution for the churches’ insurance deductible.
In November, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati filed a lawsuit against Martin seeking the return of $353,000 embezzled by Martin.