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Reading priest admits to stealing nearly $500,000 from congregation

Published On: Aug 09 2012 02:24:42 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 07 2012 05:50:36 PM EDT

A Catholic priest has admitted to stealing nearly $500,000 from his congregation.

READING, Pa. -

A Catholic priest has admitted to stealing nearly $500,000 from his congregation.

Richard Nachajski pleaded guilty in Berks County Court to theft and forgery charges.

Nachajski took more than $476,000 over a seven year period while he served as a priest at the Saint Anthony of Padua church in southwest Reading, authorities said.

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Berks County detectives said they obtained documentation that detailed journeys Nachajski took to Mexico, Florida, St. Marteen and Thailand.

Nachajski, a priest at Saint Anthony's for 11 years, left the church on Summit Avenue in 2009. He will be sentenced in September.