German priest charged with pilfering $1.4 million

by Tom Gallagher

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According to Reuters:

A retired German priest has been charged with 50 counts of fraud over the theft of $1.4 million worth of church donations, state prosecutors in Wuerzburg said on Tuesday.

The former Roman Catholic priest, aged 77, was detained in May on suspicion of taking donations and collection money from his church in Bavaria. Most of the money, including a large number of coins, was found in his apartment and bank accounts.

"A large portion of the money was recovered," Wuerzburg state prosecutor Dietrich Geuder told Reuters.

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