A Canadian priest in Ontario has admitted to losing more than CDN$500,000 (US$386,000) in charitable funds that were supposed to help Iraqi refugees seeking asylum in the eastern Canadian province.
Canadian priest Amer Saka gambled away more than $380,000 in funds raised that were said to be used to aid Iraq refugees. No charges happen filed against the Ontario man of the fabric.
Father Amer Saka of the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church told Bishop Emanuel Shaleta in February which he had gambled away all of the money, which had been gathered through parishioner donations. The Chaldean Church is headquartered in Baghdad, Iraq, and goes back to your 1st century, though Saka’s parish in London, Ontario was launched less than five years ago with Pope Benedict XVI’s blessing.
‘We believe Father Saka has a serious gambling issue and that these funds may have been used for that purpose,’ Shaleta told the Toronto Star. ‘He called me . . . and said he destroyed all the money.’
The roughly $386,000 was deposited into an account entrusted to Saka by families belonging to St. Joseph’s. The finances had been said to be safeguarded by the church and used to assist refugees that are incoming Iraq.
The Chaldean refugee sponsorship program requires donors to aid migrants for no less than one 12 months after they arrive in Canada.
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