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Priest Charged With Stealing From Charity Fund

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HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A western Wisconsin priest has been charged with stealing money from a church fund for the needy.

Officials at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hudson told investigators that nearly $11,000 was missing from a charity account used to help people in times of hardship. Prosecutors say Father Dan Dahlberg admitted taking the money and says he has a gambling addiction. The 68-year-old priest resigned his position last month.

A criminal complaint says Dahlberg started writing checks and endorsing them for cash beginning in August 2009. He has been charged in St. Croix County with felony theft.

The Superior Telegram says he’s been placed on administrative leave by the Catholic Diocese of Superior’s bishop. An initial court appearance is set for May 12.

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