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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) –A former employee is accused of stealing more than $670,000 from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Fifty-year-old Scott Domeier of Cottage Grove was charged Friday with seven felony counts of theft by swindle.

Domeier was the archdiocese’s director of accounting services for nearly seven years. He was placed on administrative leave last January after the archdiocese learned he had misused the archdiocese’s credit card issued to him.

The archdiocese appointed an independent committee to oversee an investigation, and Domeier was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint, Domeier stole money from the archdiocese to pay the balances on his personal credit cards, for tuition at a private school for his children and other personal expenses.

Domeier was in jail Friday on $150,000 bail. He’s expected in court Monday.

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