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Fla. priest to be sentenceed in embezzlement case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Florida priest is scheduled to be
sentenced on a grand theft charge after pleading guilty in January to stealing from his Delray Beach church.

The Rev. John Skehan, 81, faces up to 30 years in prison at
Friday's hearing.

Skehan, who had been at the church 40 years, had been convicted
of taking $370,000 between 2001 and 2006, the timeframe covered by
the statute of limitations.

Church auditors, however, believe the figure stolen over the years was in the millions.

Authorities say he and the Rev. Francis Guinan used church money
to fund lavish lifestyles, including upscale homes and gambling trips to Las Vegas with a mistress.


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