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Man Who Swindled Catholic School Heading Back to Jail

Michael Hlady spent two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2011 to stealing the money from Venerini Academy

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A Rhode Island man convicted of swindling a Massachusetts private school run by Roman Catholic nuns out of more than $360,000 is going back to jail after violating terms of his probation.

The Telegram & Gazette reports that a judge Thursday sentenced Michael Hlady, of Warwick, to 2 ½ years in jail, even though it means he will probably never repay the stolen money.

Hlady spent two years in prison after pleading guilty in 2011 to stealing the money from Venerini Academy in Worcester by misleading the nuns into believing that a philanthropist was preparing to make an $85 million donation.

Prosecutors say he spent the money on travel, gambling and adult entertainment.

He violated probation by failing to keep up with $250-per-month restitution payments and getting into additional legal trouble.

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