Friday, February 10, 2017

Priest steals $ 500,000 for gambling - Update

The case of a London priest charged with defrauding more than 20 people of money meant for Syrian refugees is crawling slowly through the justice system. The former pastor at St. Joseph’s Chaldean Catholic Church in London, and administrator of the Mar Ouraha parish in Kitchener, is charged with fraud valued at more than $5,000 and possessing the proceeds of property or a thing valued at more than $5,000.

The priest, who was suspended from his duties, told friends he had ministered to prisoners in Iraq’s notorious Abu Ghraib prison. His bishop told several media outlets that Saka had gambled away all the money.
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.