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Las Vegas priest claims gambling addiction prompted thefts

January 03, 2012

A Catholic priest in Nevada who reportedly stole $650,000 from the Church has asked a judge for leniency in sentencing, explaining that he was addicted to gambling.

Father Kevin McAuliffe entered a guilty plea on mail-fraud charges, thus avoiding prosecution for more serious theft charges. His attorney has introduced expert witnesses to testify that the priest is a pathological gambler. Addiction to gambling is a widespread concern in the Las Vegas area.

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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jan. 03, 2012 8:49 PM ET USA

    Well,thieves go to jail for theft. There are 12 step programs for gambling,unfortunately the gambler thinks like the alcoholic, he is special. Leniency would do him no favor.