Thursday, June 30, 2016

UPDATED::PD: Seymour priest arrested for embezzling money from church | WTNH Connecticut News

UPDATE:: Former Seymour Priest Hopes To Resolve Criminal Case
The Seymour priest accused of stealing money from his church applied for a pretrial program Tuesday meant for first-time offenders.

If the Rev. Honore Kombo’s application for “accelerated rehabilitation” is accepted and he complies with the court’s requests, the criminal case could be dismissed.

Kombo was relieved of his duties at St. Augustine Church on Washington Avenue in July 2015, after discrepancies were found in the church’s financial statements.
UPDATE:: Ex-priest promises to repay $33,000
A priest charged with stealing thousands of dollars from his Seymour church has applied for pre-trial probation, a program for first offenders, the Valley Independent Sentinel reports.

If the Rev. Honore Kombo’s application for accelerated rehabilitation is accepted, the felony charge of first-degree larceny could be dismissed. He was arrested in late February, eight months after he was relieved of his duties at St. Augustine Church by the Archdiocese of Hartford.

Kombo, 50, said during an appearance Tuesday in Milford Superior Court that he intends to repay the nearly $34,000 by his next court date on July 26, the Valley Indy reports.
Rev. Honore Kombo, a Roman Catholic Priest was arrested by Seymour Police Detectives Feb. 29, 2016 for embezzling money from St. Augustine Church in Seymour. Photo: Contributed Photo / Contributed Photo / Connecticut Post Contributed
A Roman Catholic Priest has been arrested for allegedly embezzling money from his church.

On Monday, 50-year-old Father Honore Kombo of Weston turned himself in to Seymour police after learning of a warrant for his arrest. Kombo was a Pastor at the St. Augustine Church, located at 135 Washington Avenue in Seymour.

In April of 2015, police began investigating Kombo after representatives from the Hartford Roman Catholic Diocesan Corporation told them of concerns that Kombo had stolen money left to the church by a deceased parishioner. Police say that parishioner had left the money through a series of monetary annuities. It was believed that four annuities had been left for St. Augustine parish, but detectives found that a fifth annuity had been left, but was never reported to church officials by Kombo.

Police say that Kombo had filed the necessary paperwork requesting the proceeds for the fifth annuity and that on May 6, 2013, Kombo received a check made payable to the St. Augustine Church for the large sum of money. According to police, Kombo then opened a bank account at a local bank, deposited the annuity proceeds into the account, then withdrew a large sum of it and deposited it into his personal bank account.

Detectives also discovered several other checks written to the church had been deposited into Kombo’s personal bank account.

PD: Seymour priest arrested for embezzling money from church | WTNH Connecticut News

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