Posts Tagged ‘Fraud’

Vatican police arrest Italian in investigation of London real estate deal

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Vatican police on Friday arrested Gianluigi Torzi, an Italian middleman who was part of a controversial deal in which the Vatican used Church money to purchase a luxury building in London as an investment. Torzi, who was arrested after questioning by Vatican magistrates, was accused of extortion, embezzlement, aggravated fraud and money laundering, the Vatican Read more

Car crash reveals priest embezzled $95,000

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

When emergency workers rushed to the scene of a Santa Rosa car accident June 19, they found Father Oscar Diaz, a local pastor, stuck in the car with a broken hip and other injuries. They also found $18,305.86, in cash. Diaz told police the money was his salary; it wasn’t.  Continue reading Related Posts:Myanmar’s fashion garment Read more

Vatican fraud trial hears reports about cardinal’s role

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The Vatican fraud trial involving Giuseppe Profiti, former president of the foundation governing Bambino Gesù children’s hospital and Massimo Spina, the foundation’s former treasurer is underway. The court is currently hearing conflicting reports about Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone’s role in the fraud investigation. Bertone is the former Secretary of State under Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. Read Read more

Norway’s Catholic Church fined for fraud

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Norway’s Catholic Church has been fined 1m kroner (NZ$201,120) for puffing up its membership numbers. In addition, Oslo diocese’s chief administrative officer has been charged with aggravated fraud. The Government in Norway finances the churches. The amount they pay is in proportion to the number of church members. Accusers say the Oslo diocese searched telephone Read more

Tasers Deployed at a Peaceful International Student Protest

Friday, September 30th, 2016

A peaceful protest by some 60-80 people outside a public meeting in support of vulnerable migrant students has been such a threat to New Zealand’s security that the police officers present had to be deployed with Tasers. The protest was held on Monday outside a public meeting presented by the Finance Minister Bill English and Read more

Bishops support efforts to prevent students’ deportation

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

Anglican and Catholic Bishops and other Catholic leaders have joined trade unions in asking the government to stop the deportation of 150 Indian students. The students’ visa documents have been found to be forged by agents in India. The students’ representatives, who include a lawyer and leaders from the Catholic and Anglican churches and the Read more

Pontifical Council for Family head under investigation

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family is under investigation by Italian authorities for alleged financial irregularities. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is being investigated in connection with the sale of the historic San Girolamo castle four years ago. Two employees of Paglia’s former diocese of Terni-Narni-Amelia have been arrested. Prosecutors are probing Paglia on Read more

Norwegian diocese accused of multi-million dollar fraud

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Norwegian police have raided the offices of the Diocese of Oslo after it was accused of defrauding the state of millions of dollars. The diocese has been accused of vastly exaggerating its membership to increase the support it receives from the state. This came to an additional 50 million Norwegian Krone, some NZD$8.58 million, over Read more

Fraudster told to pay money back to Hibernians

Friday, March 28th, 2014

In its just-released decision, the Employment Relations Authority has ordered Susan Hagai to repay the Hibernian Society $547,000. She was also made to repay interest on the money of $3695.61, plus $2000 in costs. Originally convicted by Judge Susan Thomas of defrauding the Hibernian Society, Judge Thomas, did not order Hagai to repay the $1,242,750 she Read more

Wellington foodbank probed for fraud

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

A Wellington foodbank is being investigated for fraud, after it was deemed to be involved in “serious wrongdoing”. The Wellington Foodbank Service – not associated with the one run by the Wellington City Mission – has also now been stripped of its charitable status, with the Department of Internal Affairs advising major donors not to Read more