Westchester Priest Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Parish

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009  |  Updated 3:00 PM EDT
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Westchester Priest Pleads Guilty to Stealing From Parish

Westchester County District Attorney

Patrick Dunne, the parish priest for Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in White Plains, is accused of stealing more than $432,000 from various parish accounts.

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A New York parish priest has pleaded guilty to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from church accounts, including a fund for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Patrick Dunne pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony grand larceny, Westchester County prosecutors said.

Dunne had pleaded not guilty in June. Prosecutors said he changed his plea as the case neared trial. He faces a maximum five to 15 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 12.

Dunne was accused of stealing $432,000 from Our Lady of Sorrows Roman Catholic Church in White Plains between 2002-2007. He has been suspended since his arrest in May.

Archdiocese of New York spokesman Joseph Zwilling called the case "a sad and painful period." He says the parish has been reimbursed by insurance.


 

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