Fraud in the News

Another scandal at the Vatican

According to a Sept. 3 article, Leaders of Sistine Chapel Choir Face Vatican Fraud Investigation, by Elisabetta Povoledo in The New York Times, the latest scandal in the holy city isn’t what you might expect — this time it’s money laundering, fraud and embezzlement. Following suspicious activity by two of the Sistine Chapel Choir ensemble’s leaders, Pope Francis approved an investigation of its financial and administrative records. Vatican prosecutors are leading the probe.

Choirmaster Massimo Palombella and Michelangelo Nardella, administrative director, are accused of siphoning money from the choir’s concert tours to pay for personal expenses. Before the scandal surfaced, the choir scheduled several tour dates in the U.S., but those were canceled. The Sistine Chapel Choir claims to be the oldest in the world, comprised of both children and adults. As of publication, the investigation’s ongoing.


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