NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – A Greenwich priest failed to account for more than $400,000 in church funds he kept in secret accounts and engaged in a pattern of deception when confronted, an investigation by church officials concluded Friday.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport said it has provided its findings to federal authorities after investigating the Rev. Michael Moynihan. He resigned last year as pastor of St. Michael Church in wealthy Greenwich and was stripped of his priestly authority last month after he was found living with another man.

The FBI had contacted church officials about the secret accounts, the diocese said.

“We regret that, after more than a year of reviewing financial records and discussing these records with Father Moynihan and his counsel, as well as giving Father Moynihan every opportunity to substantiate his claims that all the expenditures were for legitimate parish or school purposes, we can only conclude that Father Moynihan has engaged in a pattern of self-dealing, deceit, and submitting falsified and misleading documents to the substantial detriment of our parish,” an audit committee told parishioners in a letter.

The U.S. Attorney’s office declined comment. An FBI spokeswoman said the agency was aware the matter was referred to the agency but declined further comment.


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