Father Joseph Leclair
Credits: TONY CALDWELL/QMI AGENCY
Joseph LeClair, 55, was charged with one count each of fraud of $5,000 and theft over $5,000.
A complaint was filed by the Ottawa Archdiocese in August in relation to concerns about the financial administration at Blessed Sacrament Parish.
Police investigations uncovered more than $240,000 in the form of cheques from the parish were misappropriated. Further, more than $160,000 in cash was missing.
The investigation covered a review period from Jan. 2006 to May 2011.
Police investigations also found about $20,000 in furniture and household items belonging to the parish were taken when LeClair left.
Police say fraud investigators recovered a portion of those items in a home outside of Ontario.
QMI Agency reported that in April, 2011, LeClair admitted to his congregation he was struggling with depression and had lost control of a gambling problem.
However, LeClair said his addiction was supported with his own money -- not church funds.
This past March, QMI learned the church had hired accountants to keep a watchful eye over funds and would require two signatures on church cheques.
LeClair is scheduled to appear in court July 25.