• Former Swissvale priest pleads guilty to stealing parish funds


    SWISSVALE, Pa. - The former pastor of a Swissvale parish pleaded guilty Wednesday to stealing parish funds.

    The Rev. Francis Drabiska, 61, was charged in Sept. 2011 after the Diocese of Pittsburgh told the district attorney's office that they noticed a drop in collections at the parish over several years and Drabiska admitted to diocesan officials that he was taking money.

    Drabiska pleaded guilty to one count of theft and was placed on seven years of probation and ordered to pay restitution of more than $140,000, officials said.

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