Parish priest charged with fraud, money meant for Syrian refugees

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A London priest accused of gambling away more than $500,000 — money that was meant to help settle Syrian refugees — is now charged with fraud over $5,000. London police say they charged Fr. Amer Saka Wednesday, after he turned himself in to police headquarters. He is also charged with an offence called possessing proceeds of property or thing exceeding $5,000.

Syrian refugees

Saka is accused of mishandling money he was trusted to hold onto for families who planned to use it to help settle Syrian refugee relatives. Saka’s London parish has a congregation of about 100 families. They’re among about 38,000 Chaldean Catholics across the country.

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