Man arrested in theft from church

WARREN – A 58-year-old employee in the Niles Sewer Maintenance Department was arrested on the job Friday afternoon on a secret indictment charging him with embezzling $97,000 from a local church.

An indictment against Michael Marrara, of 215 Sayers Ave., accuses him of a fourth-degree felony charge of theft, punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

The indictment also spells out allegations of how Marrara used a Sam’s Club credit card from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church to make a variety of purchases between June 1, 2008, and Dec. 31, 2012.

Marrara reportedly worked part-time at the church as a custodian or in a maintenance capacity.

Details in the indictment accuse Marrara of buying campground sites in Portage County for $2,837 and paying nearly $10,000 for college tuition for relatives at Hocking College in Nelsonville.

The indictment claims he also spent $405 in Bowling Green, Ky.; $1,432 at Ace Hardware in Newton Falls; and $9,782 at Sears. The indictment further states more than $10,000 was spent at Speedway; $15,103 with Sprint; $1,890 with Ralph’s Mobile Homes; and $7,541 for Time Warner Cable services.

Other expenses went for miscellaneous swimming pool supplies, repairs and tires for his personal vehicles, trash service at his home and other purchases at Summit Racing in Tallmadge and at Shell Oil in Kissimmee, Fla., according to the indictment.

Marrara is scheduled to be arraigned Monday before Trumbull County Common Pleas Judge Peter Kontos, but his case has been assigned to Judge W. Wyatt McKay.