Holy Cross Children's Services is based in Clinton, Mich. It was founded as Boysville of Michigan in 1948 by the Catholic bishops of Michigan. In 2019, Boysville of Michigan became Holy Cross Services and is not under the auspices of any diocese, the organization said.
Holy Cross Children's Services serves abused and neglected children, youth and young adults with substance abuse and mental health problems, as well as homeless children and adults. Its statewide work includes financial support, welfare and behavioral health care for children and their families in need. It also operates Samaritan Center, which provides community resources and health care on Detroit’s East Side.
Lynch had a salary of $200,000 per year.
Prosecutors accused him of using stolen money to pay for car repairs, a new roof, and mortgage and credit card payments. He used the charity’s money to pay his own consultant company and to pay for security services, secretly controlled through a relative.
Over $39,000 in 14 checks were paid to a relative of Lynch in 2014-2015. Prosecutors allege he described the money as “profit sharing” and suggested to the relative they split the cash. The relative transferred some $21,000 of that money back to Lynch.
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He allegedly spent his employer’s credit card on about $36,500 in unauthorized charges.
Prosecutors allege he tried to cover up the embezzlement by submitting bogus invoices. He allegedly controlled the companies he paid.
Lynch was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.