A Canadian priest in Ontario has admitted to losing more than CDN$500,000 (US$386,000) in charitable funds that were supposed to assist Iraqi refugees seeking asylum in the eastern province that is canadian.
Canadian priest Amer Saka gambled away a lot more than $380,000 in funds raised that were allowed to be used to aid Iraq refugees. No charges have now been filed against the Ontario man of the fabric.
Father Amer Saka regarding the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church told Bishop Emanuel Shaleta in February which he had gambled away most of the money, which had been collected through parishioner donations. The Chaldean Church is headquartered in Baghdad, Iraq, and dates back towards the 1st century, though Saka’s parish in London, Ontario was launched less than five years ago with Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing.
‘We believe Father Saka has a serious gambling problem and that these funds may have already been utilized for that purpose,’ Shaleta told the Toronto Star. ‘I was called by hi . . . and said he destroyed all the money.’
The roughly $386,000 had been deposited into a merchant account entrusted to Saka by families belonging to St. Joseph’s. The finances had been said to be safeguarded by the church and used to assist refugees that are incoming Iraq.
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