Ex-Greenwich Pastor Receives 5 Months In Prison

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A former Greenwich, Conn., priest has been sentenced to five months in prison for obstructing an investigation into his personal use of church money.

Michael Moynihan resigned in 2007 as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish. He pleaded guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation.

The Greenwich Time reports he was sentenced Monday in federal court in New Haven to pay $400,000 in restitution to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport in addition to the prison term. He also will face two years of supervised release.

An investigation by the Diocese of Bridgeport found in 2008 that Moynihan could not account for church money he kept in secret accounts and engaged in a pattern of deception when confronted.

The FBI contacted church officials about the secret accounts.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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