Second Irish Priest Sent to Prison in US for Stealing Parish Money

Belfast Telegraph
March 25, 2009

An Irish priest has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing money from his church in Florida.

66-year-old Father Francis Guinan was found guilty last month of stealing $100,000 from St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach.

He is the second Irish priest to be jailed for stealing from the congregation - 81 year old Father John Skehan was sentenced to 14 months in prison yesterday after he admitted stealing over $370,000.

Authorities said the priests took the money to fund lavish lifestyles, including upscale homes and gambling trips.


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