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Church member accused of stealing from parishioners

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Members of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Watertown, WI. are out

of hundreds of thousands of dollars and they say one of their church

members is to blame.

St. Bernard’s is suing Arthur Eith for alleged fraud. Parishioners

say Eith told fellow members he had a multi-million dollar business deal

brewing in Nigeria, and he needed them to provide upfront financing.

Although Eith has refused to talk about the incident, a spokesman

for the Madison Diocese told a local television station more than 30

members of St. Bernard’s have lost nearly $350,000 dollars to Eith. And

the church itself lost about $55,000 dollars, thanks to a parish priest

who also gave Eith money.

The parish priest who gave Eith money has been put on

administrative leave, until the courts decide the outcome of this case.

The Watertown Police Department is conducting a criminal

investigation, with assistance from the state Department of Justice.

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