Virginia Priest Charged with Embezzlement

WTKR [Virginia]
January 11, 2007

A Catholic priest is accused of embezzling more than $600,000 from two Louisa County churches over five years.

According to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, the Reverend Rodney Rodis was pastor of two churches in Mineral and Bumpass until he retired for medical reasons in May. Diocese attorney William Etherington says church officials learned of the alleged thefts in November and contacted authorities.

Rodis, who's 50 years old, was indicted Monday on a charge of felony embezzlement by a Louisa County grand jury. Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Don Short said Rodis was being held at the Central Virginia Regional Jail in Orange last night under $100,000 bond.

The diocese says that Rodis, a native of the Philippines, began serving at the Louisa parishes in 1993. Rodis is scheduled to appear in Louisa General District Court Thursday.


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