Man, this sounds like the plot from a Dan Brown novel that I never read.
According to Daily Mail, the Bishop of Formosa named Jose Ribeiro, along with five other priests, were arrested after they embezzled over $600,000 of church donations, fundraising case and funeral fees.
And it gets even stranger as about $27,000 behind a false wall in a plastic bag were found, too. Police believe all this money was stolen over a three-year period from various fundraising events and donations.
Lawyers for the disgraced priests have denied the charges — charges that include misappropriation, money laundering, ‘ideological falsehood’ and criminal association.
So much for people confessing their sins to them.
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