LAS VEGAS (AP) — A lawyer for a Roman Catholic priest who admits siphoning $650,000 from his Las Vegas parish’s bank accounts says the priest is trying to recover from a compulsive gambling addiction.

Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe’s attorney, Margaret Stanish, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal the 58-year-old McAuliffe is remorseful and wants to make restitution to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Summerlin.

McAuliffe pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to three federal mail fraud charges.

He admits taking the money over an eight-year period. He faces up to 60 years in federal prison and $750,000 in fines at sentencing Jan. 6.

The Review-Journal says McAuliffe was drawn to video poker.

Stanish says the priest wants to talk about his experience after his case is resolved.


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