The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's has asked the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary to investigate possible fraudulent activity at St. Patrick's Parish in St. John's.
A statement released today by Anne Walsh, executive assistant to Archbishop Martin Currie, says suspicions of fraudulent activity surrounding a former lay employee arose in the latter part of 2012.
The parish priest reported his suspicions to the Archdiocesan Business Office and immediately, external forensic auditors were brought in to examine the books and records of the parish.
The statement says this week the Archdiocesan Business Office received the results of this forensic examination and turned the matter over to the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
The archdiocese says "At the RNC’s request, we have been asked to make no further comment so as not to jeopardize the results of their investigation."