|NSW||COURT SENTENCES MAN FOR FRAUD AGAINST BISHOPS|
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|