Episcopal priest Matthew Dutton-Gillet was fired in September 2020 after a forensic audit found he had embezzled more than $200,000 from Trinity Episcopal Church in Menlo Park, CA. A previous financial review by church leaders found that Dutton-Gillet had stolen at least $125,000.
The Episcopal Diocese of California retained Evidentia Consulting of Redwood City to conduct the investigation. The firm found that Dutton-Gillett began using the funds for personal use in 2011, shortly after he became rector in 2009. Church officials said he used a variety of methods to funnel money from the church’s operating funds, including electronic transfers, credit cards, and other means.
Menlo Park police launched a criminal investigation, and entered into an agreement for discipline with the diocese, suspending him from ministry for four years.
At the time of his suspension, Dutton-Gillet told media outlets: “This is a very painful time for me, and particularly for my family. I have a deep love for the Trinity community, and they for me, and I know that this is painful for them, as well. I regret that deeply.”
As of 2022, Dutton remains listed in the online Episcopal Clergy Finder.