Kearny pastor must pay back nearly $90,000 stolen from parish coffers

| June 26, 2011

KEARNY — The former pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church was sentenced yesterday for stealing nearly $90,000 from parish coffers and he will have to pay restitution to the Archdiocese of Newark.

“It is the type of crime that shocks the conscience of not only the community but also the parish that the defendant was ordained to serve,” said Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Leo Hernandez of the deeds of the Rev. James J. Reilly, 69.

A regular audit of parish finances by the Archdiocese revealed Reilly had diverted about $87,000 in parish money to his own use, leading to his arrest on Feb. 15, Hernandez said.

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