Swindling Priests—Not A Good Idea

Written by Kari Milchman on . Posted in Crime Watch Our Town Downtown, Posts.


Yesterday, a Manhattan man pleaded guilty to cheating 60 priests—that’s 60 men of the cloth, 60 men of God, 60 probably-celibate-dudes … if bad things can happen to them, then none of us are safe. What a notion. The scam earned Robert Riggio, 60 (spooky, isn’t?), $200,000—that’s 200,000 big ones, 200,000 smackers, 200,000 dollars of sin. Apparently, between March 2004 and September 2006, Riggio contacted priests all across the United States and pleaded with them to make a financial contribution to a very good cause: his mother. Awww, that is so heartbreaking. Court papers inform, in a very informative manner, that Riggio claimed his mom was facing some “time sensitive difficulties.” Where can I send a check?

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