Church tricked into paying for false claims

Church tricked into paying for false claims

The Catholic Church told police it was duped into paying $188,000 to a woman who claimed she was injured when raped by a priest.

The police only became aware of the woman’s claims that she was raped by a Palmerston North Catholic priest – who abused her with a knife and a broken bottle – when the church learned it had been duped out of the payments.

The woman, who has name suppression, appeared at the Morrinsville District Court on Wednesday, June 8, to be sentenced on one charge of obtaining by deception $188,190.17 from the Catholic Church, which paid for various medical operations and psychological tests in relation to the abuse claim.

The woman supplied fake medical reports to the church to support the claim.

The fraud was discovered only when the church queried one of the reports with a health provider.

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