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American Holy Father beautifully lived through donations

January 22 2009
07:57

The Holy Father of the U.S. state of Florida has admitted defrauding the parishioners of 370,000 dollars. Rector of the Church of St. Vincent, 81-year-old John Skihen for several years shamelessly misappropriated donations and spend them on your own luxurious content.

Auditors and the police found that the priest buy expensive real estate in the U.S. and in Ireland, traveled to Las Vegas to play in casinos and gather a collection of rare coins, valued at 275,000 dollars. In accordance with state law, the court limited the case of theft between 2001 and 2006, however, according to auditors for 40 years of service in the parish Skihen stole donations to several million dollars.

It is noteworthy that another priest, the same church, Francis Guinan, who also presented a similar accusations, guilt categorically denies. According to prosecutors, the pastor was able to steal 488,000 dollars for 19 months after becoming a priest in September 2003. At the same time protecting the Holy Father says that he spent the money for the needs of the parish church. In particular, a large portion of the amount allegedly went to the cash payments to employees of the temple.

Note that the two priests were arrested in autumn 2006 as a result of an investigation that began after the police in April 2005, addressed one of the parishioners of their church. At that point, though, the church administration is already conducting its own internal investigation into the financial activities of priests, reports AP.

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