Group to Repay $800K Missing From El Paso Catholic School

A religious order will repay $800,000 discovered missing from a Roman Catholic school in Texas after two administrators retired.

Officials with the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso on Tuesday announced auditors believe the funds were misappropriated over seven years.

The diocese does not plan to seek criminal charges against the administrators, who retired last year from St. Joseph's School. The men were not employed by the diocese but were under contract with the Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis, known as the Order.

New accounting software, installed after the men retired, revealed discrepancies in which school funds allegedly were diverted for personal expenses.

Officials with the Order confirmed the funds were misappropriated and agreed to reimburse St. Joseph's School.

A diocese statement asks for prayers for both men.

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