Charges refile against Fla. clergymen


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2:36 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at 2:36 p.m.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Prosecutors have refiled grand theft charges against two clergymen accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from their Delray Beach church.

The charges against the Revs. Francis Guinan and John Skehan were dropped in February so both prosecution and defense teams could have more time to prepare their cases.

Guinan's and Skehan's attorneys did not immediately return phone messages or e-mails seeking comment Tuesday.

Authorities say the pair spent more than $400,000 in church funds on gambling trips, rare coins and a girlfriend. They were arrested in 2006. Both pleaded not guilty and were freed on bail.

An audit conducted by the Diocese of Palm Beach alleges the pair misappropriated $8.7 million at St. Vincent Ferrer Church.

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