WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest has been indicted on charges that he embezzled more than $230,000 from the Northborough parish where he served as pastor.
The Rev. Stephen Gemme, former pastor of St. Bernadette, was indicted on multiple counts of larceny by a common scheme over $250. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Worcester Superior Court on Wednesday.
The Worcester Diocese announced last year that Gemme had stolen from two church and school accounts since at least 2009. It went undetected until a member of the school’s advisory board flagged a financial irregularity in a school account and informed Bishop Robert McManus in mid-July.
The diocese says Gemme immediately acknowledged a gambling problem and sought treatment.
It was not clear who is representing Gemme.