Chaplain in Stavanger acquitted of gross embezzlement

Brynjar MelingPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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A chaplain who was associated with the St. Svithun Catholic congregation in Stavanger has been acquitted of embezzlement by the Stavanger District Court.

“It has been a huge burden for my client to live with these accusations. He will demand compensation. He will give any (awarded) compensation to the poor in Ukraine,” the chaplain’s lawyer Brynjar Meling told newspaper Stavanger Aftenblad.

The congregation reported the case in the late autumn of 2014. 

The indictment, which was issued in 2017, stated that the man had wrongfully withdrawn money from the congregation’s bank account and then deposited it in his own account.

The 55-year-old chaplain from Poland was charged with aggravated embezzlement of more than NOK 600,000.

“My client had both the rights to collect money and also a power of attorney to distribute the funds further as long as this was in line with the donors’ intentions,” Meling stated. 

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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