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Des Moines Diocese says it was scammed out of nearly $46,000

December 17, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines says it’s been cyberscammed out of nearly $46,000.

The diocese says in a news release that a person or a group impersonating a diocese employee requested on Dec. 13 that the money be transferred. The diocese says it expects insurance will cover most of the loss.

Bishop Richard Pates says the transfer was “clearly a mistake, the result of a misinterpretation of our policy.” Pates also says no staff members are suspected of criminal involvement.

The diocese has 80 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.

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