TULARE, Calif. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno says a Tulare priest has been relieved of administrative duties after financial discrepancies were discovered in church records.
The Bakersfield Californian reports that the discrepancies were discovered at St. Rita Church in Tulare. The diocese hasn't named the priest.
The newspaper reports that Tulare police have turned the case over to the Tulare County District Attorney's financial crimes unit for review.
The diocese says in a statement that it implemented new financial reporting and monitoring systems in 2008. Church financial records have since been thoroughly examined.
The Diocese says that discrepancies that raised "serious concerns" were found during that examination process.
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