Former priest with Rapid City Diocese accused of theft

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – A former priest with the Rapid City Diocese is accused of stealing about $150,000 in donations between 2012 and 2018.

Marcin Garbacz was arrested Friday at the Seattle airport by a special agent with the IRS. He’s charged in federal court with wire fraud.

His arrest affidavit was sealed after a federal prosecutor said it contains information about an ongoing investigation and could lead to witness intimidation.

It’s the second time Garbacz has been accused of stealing from the diocese. He was suspended from his ministry duties in May 2018 after church officials caught him stealing and sent him to a six-month treatment program in St. Louis.

Garbacz pleaded guilty in state court to first-degree petty theft and received a suspended imposition of sentence.

Garbacz’s attorney could not be reached for comment Saturday.

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