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Cops: Priests Fleeced Florida Flock of Millions

from The Associated Press

DELRAY BEACH, Florida - Two Roman Catholic priests stole millions in offerings and gifts made to their parish as far back as 40 years ago, prosecutors said Thursday.

Monsignor John Skehan, who was pastor at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church for four decades, was arrested Wednesday night on charges that he stole $8.6 million from the church, using the money to buy property and other assets, investigators said.

The 79-year-old priest was arrested at Palm Beach International Airport as he returned from Ireland and was being held on $400,000 bond on grand theft charges.

The Rev. Francis Guinan, who succeeded Skehan three years ago, has disappeared and was being sought, city police and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said. He is alleged to have stolen an unspecified amount of money to take gambling trips to Las Vegas and the Bahamas.

An anonymous tip in June 2005 led police and the church to launch the investigation.


Anonymous trailrider said...

So, what is the problem? The church committed fraud to get the money in the first place.

September 28, 2006 5:57 PM  
Blogger Hoodlum said...

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September 29, 2006 7:40 AM  
Blogger Darren said...

I'd bet on it.

November 10, 2006 1:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

8.6 million bucks?! Holy shit. - Kathy in Kentucky

November 25, 2006 3:24 PM  

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