NE Ohio man gets prison in priest extortion case
Written by Associated Press   
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 06:08

ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say a man suspected of extorting more than $100,000 from a northeast Ohio priest has been sentenced to seven years in prison in a plea deal.

Ohio's attorney general and Ashtabula County prosecutors said Tuesday that 27-year-old Brian Gaster conned a priest in Jefferson to fund a drug addiction. They said Gaster told the priest he had a very ill child and needed ransom money because a relative had been kidnapped.

Investigators determined the priest gave Gaster personal savings and parish money totaling $133,000 over the course of a year.

Gaster had pleaded guilty to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity. Prosecutors said he was ordered to pay restitution.

A message seeking comment was left for Gaster's attorney.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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