This week it was revealed that a 51-year-old priest in London, Ontario stole $400,000 that was meant for refugee aid, and gambled it away.
Amer Saka was a priest at the St. Joseph Chaldean Catholic Church, and he stole the money from at least 20 donors, who were helping to move Middle Eastern refugees to Canada. Saka lost all the money at a casino, and then turned himself into the police. Saka had been working with the program for several years, and it is not known whether or not the theft took part at other times as well.
Commenting on the crime London Police Constable Sandasha Bough said, "The basis of alleged fraud is unique, because it is alleged to have taken advantage of refugees who are using federal-run programs."
Chaldeans are an ethnic group that hails from Iraq, many of whom are part of the Catholic faith. During Saddam Hussein's reign, many Chaldeans fled persecution and resettled into North America, with large groups settling in Canada as well as the United States.
No details on the sentence that Saka will face have been published yet, but Casino Listings will update this story as more developments arise.