Las Vegas Monsignor stole over $650,000 from his parishioners to feed his gambling habit

| October 12, 2011

One of the most senior churchmen in Las Vegas has admitted stealing over $650,000 from his parishioners to feed his gambling habit.

Monsignor Kevin McAuliffe faces up to 60 years in jail after confessing to raiding church funds to feed his addiction to video poker.

The 58-year-old, the second most senior churchman in Las Vegas Roman Catholic Diocese, kept his gambling secret from church leaders and his parishioners.

Over an eight year period he was able to steal $650,000 from a parish by siphoning off funds from its sale of votive candles, gift shop and church mission.

A court in Las Vegas heard that McAuliffe spent the money gambling mostly on video poker games.

He also used some of the stolen money to pay off debts on his personal credit cards.

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