USA Today: Church: Gambling priest lost $380K meant for refugees

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Church: Gambling priest lost $380K meant for refugees

A Canadian Catholic priest is under investigation after he told his bishop he allegedly gambled away hundreds of thousands of dollars meant to support refugees. The Toronto Star reported Monday that Father Amer Saka, a priest at St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church in London, Ontario, phoned Bishop Emanuel Shaleta last month to tell him he had lost the money.“I said, ‘How?’” Shaleta told the Star. “ He said, ‘Gambling’”.The conversation took place Feb. 23. Local police confirmed they received a complaint the next day about the alleged misappropriation of the funds, which translates to roughly $380,000 in U.S. currency.Investigations remain ongoing, with no charges put forth or allegations verified in court.


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