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Feds Want Former Greenwich Pastor Sent To Prison

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ Federal prosecutors say a former Greenwich priest should be sent to prison for a year for obstructing an investigation into his personal use of church money.

Michael Moynihan, who resigned in 2007 as pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in New Haven. He pleaded guilty last year to obstructing a federal investigation.

An investigation by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport found in 2008 that Moynihan could not account for church money he kept in secret accounts and engaged in a pattern of deception when confronted. The FBI had contacted church officials about the accounts.

Authorities say Moynihan used about $300,000 of church funds to pay personal expenses including credit card bills.

A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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