Man Defrauds UNC Catholic's Student Parish With Lavish Trips To Vegas, London

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- A Chapel Hill man was sentenced to prison on bank fraud charges, identity theft and more after defrauding the UNC Newman Center Catholic Student Parish to fund his “lavish lifestyle.”

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According to the USDOJ, Brian Cansler, 27, stole money while working as the Financial Director of the UNC Newman Center Catholic Student Parish, located on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus. 

Investigators said Cansler used the money to attend a Celine Dion concert in Las Vegas but that’s not all. 

He also took the following vacations with his girlfriend and posted pictures of the parish-funded trips on his Facebook page.

  • London
  • Brussels
  • Disney World
  • Las Vegas 

The USDOJ reports Cansler fraudulently obtained about $8,000 by making two parish checks payable to himself. He also fraudulently misused a Bank of America card and a PNC Bank credit card. Cansler made more than $146,000 in unauthorized purchases. 

Cansler was sentenced to 57-months in prison, five years supervised release, and he was ordered to pay more than $171,000 in restitution. 

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