Monday, July 9, 2012

Ottawa priest accused of ripping off parish

Popular pastor faces theft and fraud charges
Father Joe LeClair.

The B.C. Catholic has a story by CCN's Deborah Gyapong about a priest who is accused of taking money from his parish:
Father Joe LeClair, 55, will appear in court July 25 to answer the charges related to the financial administration of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood.
The Ottawa Police Organized Fraud investigation found more than $240,000 in parish cheques were “misappropriated by the parish priest, Joseph LeClair,” according to a July 3 news release, and “over $160,000 in cash revenues were unaccounted for.” The investigation reviewed parish finances from January 2006 to May 2011
The police found $20,000 worth of furniture and other parish property had been taken from the rectory and some of that was recovered at a residence outside the province.
Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website.

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