Priest Accused of Stealing From Church Says He Was Sending Money to Africa: Police

A Roman Catholic priest charged with stealing thousands of dollars from a Connecticut parish told authorities he used the money for projects in Africa.

The Rev. Honore Kombo appeared in court Monday on a charge of first-degree larceny.

New Haven Register reports that police say Kombo told them the $27,000 missing from St. Augustine's parish in Seymour was used to provide loans in the Congo, his home country.

Police allege Kombo opened a line of credit under the church's name, with more than $31,000 in cash advances.

Kombo was removed as pastor in July and the Archdiocese of Hartford barred him from serving as a priest.

He refused comment when contacted by the station.

The case was continued to March 30.

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