WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Jury selection has begun in the case of a Florida priest accused of embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his church.
The Rev. Francis Guinan has pleaded not guilty. He is accused of stealing $488,000 from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach to fund a lavish lifestyle. Authorities say it could be one of the biggest embezzlement cases to hit the U.S. Catholic Church.
Another priest accused of skimming money from the church pleaded guilty last month.
Guinan's trial began Tuesday in West Palm Beach. His attorney says his client did nothing wrong. He says the 66-year-old didn't steal anything, that most of the money was used to make cash payments to church employees.