Friday, July 15, 2016

Priest steals $ 500,000 for gambling

A priest in London, Ont., has been charged with fraud in the alleged theft of more than $500,000 meant for refugees. Police say Amer Saka of St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church allegedly obtained the money from over 20 people under the guise of a sponsorship program to bring refugee families into Canada.Amer Saka
London police say the investigation began in February with the co-operation of the Hamilton Catholic Diocese and spanned throughout Ontario, the United States and other countries where refugees were trying to come to Canada.

Saka, 51, was arrested on Wednesday and faces two charges. Saka gambled away more than $500,000 given to him by parishioners — including seven or eight families from the small church in London — who trusted Saka to hold it for refugee relatives under a private sponsorship program.