Buddhist Monk Gets Prison For Stealing From Temple To Gamble
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Buddhist monk has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for embezzling more than $260,000 from the Louisiana temple he led and gambling most of the money at a casino.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office said in a statement Monday that U.S. District Judge Donald Walter also ordered 36-year-old Khang Nguyen Le to pay nearly $264,000 in restitution.
Le pleaded guilty in March to one count of wire fraud, a charge that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Le served as president and presiding monk of the Vietnamese Buddhist Association of Southwest Louisiana's Lafayette temple. A court filing said he withdrew cash from the temple's accounts to fund his frequent gambling trips to L'Auberge du Lac Casino in Lake Charles.
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