N.L. church accountant charged in $500K theft

| June 23, 2011

Dozens of fraud and forgery-related charges were laid Monday against a former accountant at the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's after more than $500,000 was reported missing in January.

Former business manager Bill Power worked with the archdiocese for 38 years.

He has been charged with 35 offences alleged to have happened from 2003 to 2010, including:

10 counts of forgery.
10 counts of uttering forged documents.
8 counts of fraud over $5,000.
5 counts of fraud under $5,000.
1 count of criminal breach of trust.
1 count of unauthorized use of a computer.

The church filed a complaint with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's economic crime unit in January, alleging its own internal investigation uncovered the theft of about $500,000.



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