Priest jailed for stealing from parish looking to be released

Priest jailed for stealing from parish looking to be released
Priest in court hoping for early release. (Source: WOIO)
Priest in court hoping for early release. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - The decision whether to release a priest, serving time for theft, early from prison was delayed for 30 days.

Fr. Andrew Matthews, longtime pastor at St. Helena, a Romanian Catholic Church, was in court Tuesday morning for a hearing.

That decision was delayed because the family is selling the property that was supposed to be used as restitution.

Fr. Andrew Matthews was sentenced in October of 2013 to two years in prison.


He stole $176,000 from the church and more than $100,000 from an elderly Cleveland Heights woman. The woman was a parishioner and he acted as her power of attorney and had access to her bank accounts.  

Some of the money Fr. Matthews stole went to pay credit card bills, buy cars and pay college tuition for a family member.

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