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Oh My God: Priest Possessed by Gambling Addiction Gets 60 Days Prison Sentence

Written by:
Jagajeet Chiba
Published on:
Aug/17/2011
Priest Possessed by Gambling Addiction

A Catholic priest found guilty of embezzling $295,000 to fuel his gambling habit will spend 60 days in prison.  He had been facing 15 years behind bars. 

Father John Regan, 47, was a pastor at St. Walter Parish in Illinois between the years 1989 and 2008.  While there he created a “Special Needs” account that went towards funding his addiction. 

Father Regan had made some 400 ATM withdrawals that the bank eventually traced to a riverboat casino. 

“I’m a compulsive gambler, and what I did was absolutely wrong…I wasted a huge sum of my parish’s money on this gambling addiction…Every day was a good day to go to the casino, and that’s the insidious nature of the disease I have. I can’t imagine anybody wanting to do what I’ve done,” explained a tearful Regan.

Later commenting on the case, Assistant State’s Attorney Helen Kapas said:

“That a person could do this to their own church is unthinkable, unimaginable and unbelievable. There will be different judgment days for John Regan, but today is a day for justice in DuPage County.”

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

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