Roman Catholic priest charged with theft of church funds

| February 9, 2011

On Wednesday, the Berks County District Attorney Detectives filed the aforementioned charges against Richard Nachajski. Nachajski served as a Roman Catholic priest from 1998 to March 24, 2009 at St. Anthony’s of Padua’s Roman Catholic Church, 501 Summit Avenue, Reading, Pennsylvania.

The Diocese conducted a forensic audit of St. Anthony’s finances which revealed suspicious purchases, transactions and transfers, unaccounted funds, and an unknown bank account. The audit revealed a loss of $476,093.00. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown contacted the District Attorney’s Office on November 17, 2009 relative to the possible misappropriation of funds.

After obtaining the aforementioned records, Detectives determined that Richard Nachajski used funds left to the church by two deceased parishioners and these monies were transferred between various accounts that only Richard Nachajski knew about and had access to. With church funds, Nachajski wrote over $325,000 in checks made payable to him and to various financial institutions for credit card payments on purchases he made within that period of time. He also used church funds to purchase a time share in Mexico for $13,000 and a vehicle for the church, which he kept after he took a leave of absence from the Church in March 2009.

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