Priest sentenced in church embezzlement case

August 18, 2011 10:44:45 AM PDT
A Catholic priest has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation after embezzling nearly $300,000 from his northwest suburban church.

Father John Regan pleaded guilty in June.

He apparently stole money from the St. Walter Catholic Parish in Roselle, where he was pastor for two years.

Court documents show he would funnel cash into a secret bank account.

Investigators say Regan stole the money to fuel a gambling addiction.

The Joliet diocese says it has reimbursed the parish for the full loss.