Former Cleveland Bishop Unaware of Financial Irregularities - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Former Cleveland Bishop Unaware of Financial Irregularities

CLEVELAND (AP) - The retired bishop of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese has testified today in federal court that he felt betrayed when he heard about alleged kickbacks in the church.

Former Bishop Anthony Pilla testified in the trial of Anton Zgoznik, a former top church financial officer charged with paying kickbacks to his boss.

Pilla testified that he was unaware of any extra money paid to the diocese's former chief financial officer Joseph Smith, who faces trial later.

The prosecution has alleged that Zgoznik funneled $785,000 in kickbacks to Smith, through 17 million dollars in outside contracts with the church.

The defense claims that the funds reflected extra executive compensation arranged by the defendant in a pattern of secret financial dealings by the church.

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