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Con man sentenced for bilking Ohio priest

Catholic World News - May 28, 2013

An Ohio man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to obtaining over $100,000 by fraud from a local priest.

Brian Gaster admitted that he had duped a parish priest, telling him that he urgent needed money to care for a sick child, and then to pay ransom for a kidnap victim. The priest supplied the money from his parish funds and from his personal savings.

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  • Posted by: mcomstoc6740 - May. 29, 2013 6:50 AM ET USA

    The Plain Dealer saya that his sentence is 7 years, not one.........

  • Posted by: ZIP5DO@aol.com - May. 28, 2013 8:10 PM ET USA

    This is why financial councils and closer control of parish funds are needed. This would not happen this way if forced to go through the process to review expenditure of large funds. No checks and balances.

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