Vatican Priest Charged With Money Laundering

Fresh charges for former Vatican accountant Monsignor Nunzio Scarano

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A senior cleric accused of smuggling $27million from Switzerland to Italy is now facing new charges for laundering millions through the Vatican bank, his lawyer said.

Italian authorities served Monsignor Nunzio Scarano—currently on trial for charges of conspiring to smuggle money out of Switzerland to wealthy shipbuilder friends in Salerno, near Naples, Italy—with an arrest warrant on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Scarano, who is already under house arrest, was charged alongside another priest and a third individual, neither of whom have been named.

Police said Scarano, a former accountant to the Vatican, moved millions of euros of “false donations” from offshore companies through his accounts at the Vatican bank.