Former Mid-Michigan priest, secretary charged with embezzling more than $100k from Owosso church

Posted at 9:51 AM, Mar 21, 2017

A former Mid-Michigan priest is arrested, accused of embezzling more than $100,000 from a church in Owosso.

70-year old David Fisher was arrested on March 11 in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he relocated after his retirement in 2015.

His secretary, Nancy DeFrenn, was also arrested and was arraigned Friday in a Shiawassee court.The two are accused of stealing from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Owosso. Authorities say the church money was used for personal use.

Michigan State Police say the investigation into the retired priest and the church secretary was launched after Fisher retired in June of 2015. An internal audit conducted by the Diocese of Lansing showed the numbers were off. Authorities believe the embezzlement happened between 2009 and 2015.

Fisher is currently awaiting extradition back to Mid-Michigan on March 31. He faces seven counts of embezzlement and could receive to 20 years in prison if convicted. DeFrenn is free on bond and could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.