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Indian priest sent back after theft accusation in US parish

He was accused of stealing checks that were supposed to go to the church’s outreach program.

 
New York: 

A priest from India, who was assigned to a parish in the United States, was sent back to his home country on Nov 13, after being accused of stealing less than $500 dollars from the church.

Fr. Suresh Yamarthy was serving as assistant parish priest at St. Christopher Catholic parish in the town of Tonawanda, Buffalo in New York. He was accused of stealing checks that were supposed to go to the church’s outreach program.


Before he returned home, he paid all of the money back, according to the diocese.

Yamarthy was assigned to a three-year stint at St. Christopher, which started in June 2016.

In a statement, spokesman George Richert said the diocese consulted with the Erie County District Attorney’s office, and since Yamarthy made full restitution, the organization decided not to press charges.

Yamathy returned to India after his services were no longer needed in Buffalo, Richert said.

The parish, St. Christopher’s, was rocked by one of the area's largest embezzlement cases in 2006. The church’s former secretary, Maureen Durrell, was convicted of stealing nearly $500,000 over seven years.

She paid a portion of the money back and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Williamsville defense attorney Sunil Bakshi doesn’t represent either party in this case. But he said the lack of prosecution in the latest incident isn’t all that surprising, especially considering the amount was less than $500.

Source: WIVB.com

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