Canadian Priest Gambles Away $386,000 in Donations Earmarked for Iraqi Refugees

Canadian Priest Gambles Away $386,000 in Donations Earmarked for Iraqi Refugees

A Canadian priest in Ontario has admitted to losing significantly more than CDN$500,000 (US$386,000) in charitable funds that were supposed to help Iraqi refugees seeking asylum into the eastern Canadian province.

Canadian priest Amer Saka gambled away more than $380,000 in funds raised that were said to be utilized to aid Iraq refugees. No charges happen filed against the Ontario man of the fabric.

Father Amer Saka of this St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church told Bishop Emanuel Shaleta in February that he had gambled away all the cash, which had been gathered through parishioner donations. The Chaldean Church is headquartered in Baghdad, Iraq, and goes back towards the century that is 1st 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 gambling that is serious and that these funds may have been utilized for that function,’ Shaleta told the Toronto Star. ‘He called me . . . and said he destroyed all the money.’

Unholy Happenings

The roughly $386,000 had been deposited into a free account entrusted to Saka by families belonging to St. Joseph’s. The finances had been supposed to be safeguarded by the church and utilized to assist refugees that are incoming Iraq.

The Chaldean refugee sponsorship program requires donors to support migrants for at the least one after they arrive in Canada year.

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