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The case of the Gambling Priest

This is sad and unfortunate. However! There's also something also so luridly delicious and desperate,  so made-for-TV-movie about it!

A Roman Catholic priest looted more than $400,000 from his Roselle church while he served as pastor, then gambled away much of the stolen cash at riverboat casinos, DuPage County prosecutors said Thursday. The Rev. John Regan faces up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to two felony charges for stealing the cash from St. Walter Parish between 2006 and 2008. But as part of his plea deal with prosecutors, the 47-year-old Regan also is eligible for probation when he is sentenced in August. Regan, who remains a priest but no longer serves in a parish, said little during his hearing, except to admit to the thefts.

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As a longtime journalist in Southern Nevada, native Las Vegan Andrew Kiraly has served as a reporter covering topics as diverse as health, sports, politics, the gaming industry and conservation. He joined Desert Companion in 2010, where he has helped steward the magazine to become a vibrant monthly publication that has won numerous honors for its journalism, photography and design, including several Maggie Awards.