In Norfolk, priest pleads guilty to embezzlement

| January 22, 2012

A former priest of two Vietnamese Catholic churches received a suspended prison sentence Thursday after he was convicted of embezzling$84,450 from the diocese.

Joseph Quoc Hai-Nguyen was found guilty of four counts of felony embezzlement and made full repayment to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond. Hai-Nguyen, 66, will not serve time in prison as long as he meets the terms of his probation.

Hai-Nguyen led Our Lady of La Vang in Norfolk and Our Lady of Vietnam in Hampton between 2003 and 2008, court records state. During his court appearance Thursday, Hai-Nguyen gave the diocese a cashier's check for the full amount of the loss.

Hai-Nguyen entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt but acknowledged the commonwealth had enough evidence to convict him at trial. He returned from Texas, where he retired, to face the charges, court records state.

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