PHILADELPHIA PRIEST ACCUSED FOR STEALING $500K FOR GAMBLING

PHILADELPHIA PRIEST ACCUSED FOR STEALING $500K FOR GAMBLING

A notable religious figure in Philadelphia is accused of embezzling upwards of $500,000 from the Catholic Church to fund a posh lifestyle which included trips to local casinos.

The federal government stated earlier this month that Msgr. William Dombrow, 77, went on a gambling spree at Harrah’s Casino in Chester with money that was reserved for retired priests.

Dombrow was in-charge of the home’s finances.

The government alleges that the scheme went on for nearly a decade until the bank became suspicious of certain transactions and immediately alerted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Philly.com reports that William Dombrow was charged with four counts of wire fraud by way of a criminal information. If convicted, the priest could face 80 years in prison.

His attorney added that Dombrow is “ashamed to have shed such a bad light on the Archdiocese.”

Interestingly, Dombrow’s case isn’t one of a kind.

In 2014, a priest in Ottawa was charged to a year in prison after admitting to embezzling $130,000 from the church to fund his gambling addiction.

In 2015, a Roman Catholic priest in Massachusetts was sentenced to five years of probation for stealing an amount equalling $240,000 to feed his years-long gambling addiction.

Additionally, Catholic nuns and Buddhist monks have been charged with stealing money to fund lavish casino trips.