Monday, July 30, 2007

Scam cons mourners

POLICE are searching for a phoney priest who conducted funeral services before making off with hundreds of euros left by mourners in the collection plate.

Father Marco, as he called himself, told priests at cemetery chapels in Sicily that families had asked him to carry out the services.

Dressed in a dog collar and full Catholic robes, he conducted the funerals helped by two "altar servers" who were his accomplices in the scam.

At the end of each ceremony the "servers" passed among the congregation with a collection plate, before making off with the cash.

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