Former Granby priest charged with stealing $100,000 in parish funds

Staff Report

Published: 06-15-2023 5:56 PM

BELCHERTOWN — A former parish priest at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Granby has been charged in connection with the theft of more than $100,000 in parish funds over a period of three years, the Northwestern district attorney’s office announced Thursday.

Tomasz J. Gorny, 43, currently of Amherst, is scheduled for arraignment on a charge of larceny over $1,200 in Eastern Hampshire District Court Friday.

Gorny is alleged to have used parish funds to purchase numerous items for his own personal use, including power tools, a riding mower, food, wine, car accessories, video games and clothing. He allegedly charged these expenses to credit cards that the Springfield Diocese ultimately had to pay.

On Dec. 7, the Catholic Diocese of Springfield informed Granby Police that it was investigating Gorny over questionable spending of church money going back to 2019, according to the statement of facts filed in court by Detective James White. The diocese reported the matter to police when the sums in question exceeded $100,000.

After obtaining a search warrant, Granby Police investigators recovered hundreds of items from a storage unit in Easthampton in April.

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