An man was sentenced to 20 months in prison on Friday for attempting to defraud the Archbishop of Sydney of $40,000.
    Catholic World News reports that Seso Panda Kikubi, a French citizen residing in Brussels, was convicted of fraud and possession of stolen goods, 3 million Japanese yen ($A40,000) which he is suspected of previously swindling from a Japanese bishop.
    Kikubi was arrested last year after approaching Bishop Patrick Dougherty of Bathurst, New South Wales, and asking for a loan of $40,000 to fly himself and his family to Congo for his mother's funeral. Bishop Dougherty called Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney, who told he had also been approached by a man with a similar story.
    After Kikubi's arrest police found the three million yen, $A2,000 in US dollars, and a gold Rolex watch valued at more than $100,000 in the safe in his Sydney hotel room. Belgian police told their Sydney counterparts Kikubi had several aliases and was known to international police as a counterfeiter and swindler, according to statements tendered at earlier court hearings. Kikubi will be deported after serving his prison term.

2:40pm 3/5/99 / Catholic World News


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