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Pastor stole to pay for plastic surgery?

April 7, 2009 3:04:44 PM PDT
A former Staten Island pastor is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from his parish to pay for plastic surgery, Botox injections and prescription drugs. The Rev. William Blasingame cited medical reasons when he resigned in January from St. Paul's Memorial Episcopal Church.

He is accused of stealing $84,537 over three years. The money was earmarked for parishioners in need and the upkeep of church grounds.

Blasingame could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of second-degree grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Attorney James Hasson called the allegations a "bad mistake" and said there's "some kind of a vendetta" against his client.

He's due back in court May 12.


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