Embezzlement Could Top $1 Million


January 17, 2007

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Richmond says that Rodis took more than $600,000 from two Louisa County churches since 2001.

But state police say that they are still hearing from parishioners whose donations cannot be accounted for and that the total is climbing every day.

According to court records police seized Rodis' home bank records and other items, including a receipt from Lucky Money dating back to May 2006.

Lucky Money wired money to the Phillipines, Rodis' home country.

Rodis retired in late May after leading the two Louisa County congregations since 1993.

Police say that Rodis opened an account in the church's name at a bank in Fredricksburg, deposited donations in the account and then diverted them for personal use.

Rodis is set to appear in court on Thursday. He has been set free on a $10,000 bond.


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