Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A priest steals $500K to fund gambling addiction


Posted on the 9th of April 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – A priest steals $500K to fund gambling addiction

A 77 year old rector of Villa St. Joseph, a Philadelphia Archdiocese retirement home for aging priests, has been charged with embezzling $535,000 to pay for casino visits, lavish dinners and Philadelphia Pops concerts.

Federal prosecutors have charged Monsignor William A. Dombrow with four counts of wire fraud, a crime that took place over the course of a nine year period. Dombrow had sole access to Villa St. Joseph bank accounts at Sharon Savings Bank which were funded by gifts from wills and life insurance proceeds that were intended for the archdiocese, according to the federal release.

“The monsignor is remorseful and ashamed of his conduct,” Dombrow’s defense attorney, Coley Reynolds said. “He’s done a lot of great things for the people of the parish and the archdiocese.”

Dombrow is cooperating with investigators and is no longer managing any financial accounts.

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