Former Rhode Island priest accused of using church funds to pay for personal items

Glover was a priest from 2004 to 2019. His last assignment prior to leaving priesthood was as a Pastor at St. Rose and Clement Parish church in Warwick.

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) – State Police arrested a former Rhode Island priest Tuesday after they received a complaint in November that he had committed fraud before leaving priesthood.

Rhode Island State Police (RISP) say that their investigation revealed that Matthew Glover, 42, of Coventry, allegedly purchased several thousand dollars worth of personal items using church funds.

Glover is accused of buying furniture, a television, a video game console, and laptop computers with his personal credit card but then reimbursed himself using St. Rose and Clement Parish Funds, RISP says.

RISP’s investigation also indicated that Glover used the church credit card to purchase furniture for his new home in Coventry.

RISP Detectives from the Financial Crimes Unit also uncovered a scheme where Glover purchased furniture from a local store, reimbursed himself for the purchase with church funds, then cancelled the furniture delivery which reversed the charge on his credit card.

In total, Glover is alleged to have got away with using over $40,000 from his church’s funds to pay for personal items.

On Tuesday, RISP searched Glover’s house in Coventry and removed several items from the house that allegedly were bought using church funds.

Glover was a priest from 2004 to 2019. His last assignment prior to leaving priesthood was as a Pastor at St. Rose and Clement Parish church in Warwick. Glover left priesthood for personal reasons that are not related to RISP’s investigation, according to RISP.

Glover was processed at State Police Headquarters and released on $5000 personal recognizance.

He is facing charges of one count of obtaining money under false pretenses, one count of larceny over $1,500, and one count of fraudulent use of a credit card. All of these charges are felonies.

He will be back in court in September.

A spokesperson for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says they are “saddened by the charges” against Glover which they call “very serious and deeply disturbing.”

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