PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The district attorney’s office has filed a theft charge against a local priest who’s accused of stealing more than $143,000 from a parish in Swissvale.

Father Francis Drabiska turned himself in to authorities to face the charges against him.

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According to the affidavit of probable cause, Father Drabiska, the pastor of Word of God parish, confessed to taking the money to live a lifestyle beyond his means.

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The criminal complaint goes on to say that Drabiska signed a statement admitting the stole “between approximately $125,000 to $180,999 in loose cash” from the collection basket between 1999 through 2009.

Drabiska was arraigned and released on a non-monetary bond. A hearing date has not yet been set.

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