October 19, 2007
A plea hearing has been scheduled for Rodney Rodis, the priest accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from two Louisa County churches.
Rodis will appear before U.S. District Judge Richard Williams at 2 p.m. next Friday. He previously had pleaded not guilty and was scheduled for a bench trial beginning Thursday.
The 51-year-old was charged with eight counts of mail fraud, two counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering. Twelve of the counts are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, one by up to 10 years.
According to federal prosecutors, Rodis embezzled money from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Bumpass and St. Jude Church in Mineral from 2002 until last year. He allegedly wired at least $515,231 of the money to his native Philippines.
Rodis originally was charged in state court with 13 embezzlement counts. The Louisa County prosecutor dropped those charges after Rodis was indicted in August by a federal grand jury.
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