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.”
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.
- 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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