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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest charged in theft of $143000 from parish

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Fr. Francis Drabiska was charged Thursday with theft of church fundsProsecutors in Allegheny County say a priest has been charged with stealing over $143,000 from his parish from 1999 to 2009.

Fr. Francis Drabiska was charged Thursday with one count of theft by unlawful taking, according to the complaint.

Drabiska resigned from the Word of God parish last year, and allegedly admitted the theft to church authorities. But the amount wasn't mentioned at that time.

The complaint alleges that Drabiska had been warned of his extravagant spending by church officials, and that he admitted the money was used for a lifestyle beyond his means.

Drabiska had been a priest since 1976.