Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Tecumseh Catholic priest Robert Couture stole more than $180,000 from his church to fund lavish lifestyle, Crown alleges

Robert Couture enjoyed taking in Broadway shows, jet-setting in Europe and driving his Cadillac — and he did it all on a meagre priest’s salary.

Assistant Crown attorney Tom Meehan said Couture was an intelligent, hardworking priest who did his job “dutifully.”

“He was also keeping a secret,” Meehan said Tuesday during his opening remarks at the former priest’s criminal trial. “He was stealing significant sums of money that didn’t belong to him.”

Couture is charged with one count of theft over $5,000. When police charged him in 2013 after a two-year investigation, they said he stole more than $180,000 from Ste. Anne Parish in Tecumseh. The trial is expected to take three weeks.  (more...)

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