Gambling addicted pastor defrauded his church

Gambling priestJoseph LeClair, a pastor from Ottawa, has been charged after he stole from his church. The Ottawa resident falsified checks worth approximately $240,000. An investigation revealed that LeClair committed the fraud and theft between January 2006 and May 2011.

Stolen furniture and household goods

The priest used fake checks to steal about $240,000 from the church. Additionally, LeClair stole over $160,000 from church funds to finance his gambling addiction. The investigation also revealed stolen furniture and household goods with a total value of approximately $20,000. Some of those items were found in LeClair's house.

Gambling addiction due to depression

LeClair confessed his addiction to gambling, which was allegedly the result of a depression. Nevertheless, the Ottawa pastor claimed that he financed his gambling problem with private money instead of church money. He has to appear in court at the end of this month.
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