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Priest accused of stealing back in Pennington County

July 1, 2019

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Rapid City Catholic priest accused of stealing more than $150,000 from area churches is back in the custody of local authorities.

KOTA-TV says Father Marcin Garbacz has been transferred from federal custody to the Pennington County Jail.

Garbacz was intercepted by federal agents at the Seattle airport in May. He had booked a one way ticket for Poland, his homeland. He is facing charges of wire fraud, money laundering, and transportation of stolen money. Court documents accuse Garbacz of stealing more than $150,000 between 2004 and 2012 from various parishes.

He was in court last year for petty theft after police say security cameras caught him stealing roughly $600 from Saint Therese Church. His first court date has not yet been set.

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Information from: KOTA-TV, http://www.kotatv.com

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