LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest from Nevada is due at a low-security federal prison in Texas to begin serving three years and one month for embezzling $650,000 from his Las Vegas parish to support a gambling habit.

Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe’s lawyer, Margaret Stanish, tells The Associated Press the 59-year-old clergy member plans to turn himself in as required Friday at the La Tuna correctional institution in the Texas-New Mexico border town of Anthony.

McAuliffe pleaded guilty in October to federal mail fraud charges for falsifying financial documents sent in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese in San Francisco.

He admitted hiding a gambling addiction for eight years while siphoning increasing amounts of money from votive candle, prayer and gift shop funds at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

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  1. Jonathan P says:

    Bad luck mate. If you’d been a priest of the diocese of Nellore in India you’d have got away with it like two priests there, Fr Gali Arulraj and Fr Vatakili Palulinraj. See

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