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posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 06:22 PM
LAS VEGAS – A Roman Catholic priest from Las Vegas surrendered Friday at a federal prison in Texas to serve his sentence for siphoning $650,000 from his northwest Las Vegas parish to support a video poker and casino gambling habit.Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe, 59, turned himself in as required at the low-security La Tuna correctional institution in the Texas-New Mexico border town of Anthony, said Bureau of Prisons spokesman Edmond Ross in Washington, D.C. McAuliffe was sentenced in January to three years and one month in prison, plus three years of supervised release and $650,000 in restitution after pleading guilty in October to three federal mail fraud charges.He admitted falsifying financial documents sent in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in San Francisco. McAuliffe, a popular pastor known as Father Kevin, expressed "guilt, shame and self-loathing" for siphoning increasing amounts of money over eight years from votive candle, prayer and gift shop funds at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. Prosecutor Christina Brown said at sentencing that McAuliffe was able to hide his embezzlement because he was a signatory to financial statements to the Las Vegas diocese and San Francisco archdiocese. McAuliffe's lawyer, Margaret Stanish, told the judge that McAuliffe had begun making restitution and repaid $13,420 in eight months. Stanish said this week she didn't know how much more had been paid. The Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas said McAuliffe had complete control of parish activities and finances from 2002 to 2010. The parish, with more than 8,000 families in the upscale Summerlin neighborhood, is one of the largest Roman Catholic congregations in Nevada. Las Vegas diocese administrators say McAuliffe was suspended and stripped of ministerial duties after FBI agents questioned him last May about missing church funds. The congregation wasn't immediately told about the investigation, however, while church officials issued pleas for patience and asked parishioners to drop a letter-writing support campaign. U.S. District Judge James Mahan told McAuliffe he betrayed people who depended on him. The judge referred to a parish rift, noting that he received 100 letters supporting McAuliffe, but also received a stack of letters saying McAuliffe should be punished. The 37-month sentence was midway between a 33-month minimum and 41-month maximum recommended by federal probation officials. Bishop Joseph Pepe, head of the regional church administration since 2001, was in Rome this week and unavailable for comment, diocese spokeswoman Rachel Wilkinson said. Wilkinson released a diocese statement saying church administrators increased audits and added financial controls at Las Vegas-area parishes, schools and ministries. The diocese said it circulated warnings about "the increasing financial pressures people are facing in today's environment, the opportunities for theft as well as the rationalization that occurs in individuals perpetrating such crimes." The diocese refused Friday to say whether the church was seeking McAuliffe's dismissal as a priest.

So is it just me or are these guys about the most corrupt religion out there. I think they need to do some serious investigation into the church and find out who else is doing this crap. Lying to their sheeple and taking their money. Obviously they must not be practicing what they preach. Just wondering what ya'll think about this

posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 06:35 PM
reply to post by lobotomizemecapin

So is it just me or are these guys about the most corrupt religion out there

No i'm with you on this i think that they take the collection plate out back and
Throw it up into the air and say whatever you want God take now
And what falls back to the ground is mine to spend on
Thank you God i'll say a prayer for you when i'm in the pub playin on the fruit machine


posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 06:42 PM
Religious hypocrites, what else is new? Priests and other religious "authorities" always seem to have an uncontrollable urge for money and young boys...

None of them folks know how to act right. I remember attending church back in the day. To this day, I have yet to ever know or meet a more DEGENERATE bunch of evil-doing folks in my life.

I hope that there IS a place especially for them to go in the afterlife. Keep them isolated from the people who actually ACT RIGHT in life.

posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 07:18 PM
reply to post by HangTheTraitors

I hope that there IS a place especially for them to go in the afterlife

Like Hell Triple X
Where simple pain would be their friend
Before you set a pack of human thirsty meerkats on them every two hours


posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 07:39 PM
Human greed,and having a Gambling addiction is the problem. It doesn't matter if its a Priest,or a Police chief,or the nice old lady who does the accounting for the local church.

Is it wrong? Yes. Can it be stopped? Maybe. People need to want to stop,before it becomes a problem like this story.

Gamblers Anonymous


posted on Apr, 14 2012 @ 08:03 PM
reply to post by sonnny1

Sorry but does that fly for the child molestation addiction in the church as well? Something is deeply wrong with this institution and I just feel they need a deep sweep investigation reaching into every aspect of this organization and have it destroyed if these types of people run the show. there is a difference between someone with a gambling addiction and someone who steals 650,000 from the people supporting them. I mean he only got three years. there are people doing vastly larger amounts of time for much much less.

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