Friday, September 4, 2009

More Trouble for High-Roller Priest

From The Living Church-

A priest who was inhibited by the Bishop of Bethlehem in January after he spent thousands of dollars on champagne and tips for cocktail waitresses at New York City nightclubs now faces a fraud investigation of the pharmacy business he used to bankroll his leisure activities.

The Rev. Gregory Malia, 44, gained infamy last December when a New York Daily News article described Fr. Malia as a “man whose bottomless pockets have made him a legend in clubland.” One nightclub employee recounted how Fr. Malia once paid $35,000 for a bottle of champagne and then left a $17,000 tip.

According to an article posted on the website of his company, New Life Homecare, Inc., Fr. Malia founded the company in 2000 and serves about 50 patients, primarily hemophiliacs. But in late August, agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s insurance fraud division executed search warrants at the company’s Pittston, Pa., headquarters. The company also is being sued by Blue Cross for improper billing, the Daily News has reported.

This follows an incident in July in which Fr. Malia aimed a gun at men who attempted to intervene in a late-night fight outside a Jenkins Township, Pa., bar between one of his two female companions and his 23-year-old daughter. Fr. Malia was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

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