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Turin priest convicted of stealing 1.5 mn in offerings

2-year term for putting flock's money in pension funds, property

Turin priest convicted of stealing 1.5 mn in offerings

Turin, March 13 - A parish priest in Turin was convicted Wednesday of stealing 1.5 million euros over 15 years from offerings given by the faithful in church. Father Giovanni Ballesio received a two-year jail term for misappropriation. Prosecutors said he invested the money placed on offering plates and in boxes in financial operations, pension funds, property and a company which has since been dissolved.

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