SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from the parish where he once served as pastor.
The Rev. Honore Kombo was arrested this week on a first-degree larceny charge. Police did not say how much they believe he stole from St. Augustine’s parish in Seymour, but a first-degree larceny charge is for thefts of more than $20,000.
Kombo, who was removed as pastor of the church in July, was released on $10,000 bond pending a March 14 court appearance. A phone number for him could not immediately be located.
The Archdiocese of Hartford said in a statement that it is cooperating with investigators and Kombo has been barred from serving as a priest.
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Church officials told police that evidence suggested Kombo took money that a parishioner left for the church in their will. Five annuities were assigned to the church in the will, but only four were reported to church officials.
Seymour Deputy Police Chief Paul Satkowski said the investigation began in April 2015. The probe also found that Kombo opened a line of credit in the church’s name in 2013 and began depositing money from it into his own account.
One parishioner, Bill Wilkin, told the New Haven Register he was disheartened to hear about Kombo’s arrest.
“It’s sad to hear that,” Wilkin said.