The Ottawa Sun
First posted: | Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 09:53 AM EDT
Father Joe LeClair had his first court appearance on Wednesday after allegedly stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from Ottawa’s Blessed Sacrament Parish.
LeClair didn’t appear in court, but he had a small throng of supporters in the courtroom Tuesday. When asked why they came out, they were short with journalists.
“Why do you care? You don’t have anything good to say,” one woman said.
LeClair is facing one count each of fraud over $5,000, theft over $5,000, criminal breach of trust and laundering the proceeds of crime.
A police investigation alleges that between January 2006 and May 2011 Leclair cashed more than $240,000 in misappropriated cheques and that an additional $160,000 of funds is missing from the church’s coffers.
Police also uncovered $20,000 in furniture and household goods belonging to the church that went missing when LeClair left.
His next court appearance is September 5.