Retired priest charged with embezzling

by Tom Gallagher

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A retired Catholic priest with parishes in Norfolk, Va., and Hampton, Va., has been indicted on 11 counts of embezzlement, accused of taking $77,000 from the Catholic Diocese of Richmond.

Joseph Quoc Hai-Nguyen was granted bond Thursday with the condition he stay in Virginia, according to attorneys.

Hai-Nguyen, 65, was arrested in Texas following a direct indictment last month, said Amanda Howie, spokeswoman for the Norfolk commonwealth's attorney's office.

Prosecutors say Hai-Nguyen was working for two parishes between 2003 and 2009 while embezzling money from the diocese.

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