Brazilian police arrest catholic priests for looting church offering

The money was allegedly stolen over the course of a three-year period from tithes, donations, fund raising events as well as fees collected for ceremonies.

According to the reports, Ribiero along with other Catholic clergymen, were arrested on Monday, March 26, 2018.

They are reported to have stolen about 2 million reais ($608,000) from the church.

During a raid of the Ribiero's home by police officers, a false wall was discovered containing some £19, 200 wrapped in plastic bags and hidden in a secret storage space.

The money was allegedly stolen over the course of a three-year period from tithes, donations, fund raising events as well as fees collected for ceremonies like baptisms and weddings.

State prosecutors disclosed that the bishop who was appointed to the Formosa diocese in 2014, was arrested on the suspicion of leading a sophisticated scheme that diverted church funds.

An alleged scheme was uncovered with the help of telephone taps, uncovering conversations which revealed how the group laundered the money, including purchasing a cattle ranch, a lottery agency, phones, luxury cars, designer watches and gold chains.

The reports reveal that large amounts of cash in foreign currencies were also discovered.

The investigation reportedly began in 2017 after members of the congregation reported irregularities and misuse of assets by the Catholic Church.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng

Recommended articles

Money will not determine who picks APC tickets – Sen. Adeola

Money will not determine who picks APC tickets – Sen. Adeola

Hoodlums invade venue of SDP NEC meeting in Abuja

Hoodlums invade venue of SDP NEC meeting in Abuja

Court affirms Adeleke as PDP candidate for Osun governorship poll

Court affirms Adeleke as PDP candidate for Osun governorship poll

FAAC meeting postponed amid accountant-general’s ‘N80bn fraud probe’

FAAC meeting postponed amid accountant-general’s ‘N80bn fraud probe’

2023: APC denies zoning presidential ticket to Northeast

2023: APC denies zoning presidential ticket to Northeast

After joining NNPP, Shekarau narrates how Ganduje maginalised him in APC

After joining NNPP, Shekarau narrates how Ganduje maginalised him in APC

2023 : Don’t mortgage your children’s future, Tambuwal tells Lagos PDP delegates

2023 : Don’t mortgage your children’s future, Tambuwal tells Lagos PDP delegates

With your support, I will win – Tinubu tells Bauchi delegates

With your support, I will win – Tinubu tells Bauchi delegates

2023 Presidential Election: I’ll not contest against Amaechi – Gov. Badaru

2023 Presidential Election: I’ll not contest against Amaechi – Gov. Badaru