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NEW YORK: Pastor Accused of Stealing from Parish

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Father Thomas Kreiser charged with felony third-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $25,000 from St. Gregory Barbarigo Roman Catholic ChurchMYFOXNY.COM - Father Thomas Kreiser, the former pastor at St. Gregory Barbarigo Parish in Garnerville, New York, charged with stealing from his church body.

Kreiser has been replaced by a new pastor, who says the congregation is trying to move past this.

In June 2010, Kreiser was removed from the church after investigators said an internal audit revealed that he was using the church's American Express card to pay for personal expenses including online gambling.

He is accused of embezzling more than $25,000 over a three-month period from March to June, the D.A. said.

When Kreiser was confronted, he confessed to it all, the new pastor said.

In a statement the Archdiocese of New York said: "Following the review the Archdiocese turned the investigation over to the Rockland County District Attorney's and has been fully cooperating with the District Attorney's Office in the investigation."

St. Gregory Barbarigo Roman Catholic Church"This defendant, a Roman Catholic priest, embezzled thousands of dollars from St. Gregory's Church and improperly used the money for his personal benefit," said Rockland County District Attorney Thomas P. Zugibe. "His conduct represents a betrayal of the trust of his parishioners who looked to him for moral leadership and spiritual guidance."

Kreiser had been with St. Gregory's for two years before he was removed.

He is due back in court in May to face the grand larceny charge.