Priest Arrested in Texas for Stealing $80,000 from Church in Louisiana

An Ascension Parish priest accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars has been caught outside the state.

The sheriff’s office said it first began investigating allegations that Father Desmond Ohankwere used church funds to pay his own personal accounts back in February.

Sheriff Bobby Webre told WBRZ that Ohankwere allegedly stole about $80,000 during his time as priest at St. Catherine of Sienna in Donaldsonville. Ohankwere, a minister from the Missionary Society of St. Paul, was with the church for four years.

“Father Desmond was using this money to pay for personal living expenses, travel expenses just to better his lifestyle,” Webre said.

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SOURCE: WBRZ, Jeremy Krail