The rector of a church-owned retirement home for Roman Catholic priests has admitted embezzling a half-million dollars to pay for casino visits, high-end dinners and Philadelphia Pops concerts.
Monsignor William A. Dombrow pleaded guilty Thursday to four federal wire fraud counts for skimming money over nine years from a Villa St. Joseph account he controlled.
The Philadelphia Archdiocese runs the facility in Darby to house aging priests and treat those accused of sexual abuse.
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Federal prosecutors say much of the stolen money came from insurance payments for priests who died and parishioners' estates. [[238427591, C]]
Lawyer Coley Reynolds says the 77-year-old priest agreed to cooperate as soon as he was confronted.
He faces about three years in prison under federal guidelines when he is sentenced in August.