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Former St. Hedwig’s Pastor charged with Fraud

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Killaloe OPP has laid charges against a former pastor of a local church.

The OPP detachment began an investigation into allegations of fraud and thefts that occurred at St. Hedwigs Parish in Barry’s Bay in 2017. The investigation has now brought charges against a 62-year-old from Madawaska Valley for fraud over $5000, criminal breach of trust, obtaining money by false pretenses, and theft over $5000.

The Diocese of Pembroke has confirmed that the incidents took place at St. Hedwig’s, and has granted the pastor a leave of absence. They say they and the priest are cooperating with authorities.

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