SAN ANTONIO — A man who dressed as a priest to scam nearly $25,000 worth of merchandise from San Antonio businesses has pleaded no contest to the thefts.
George Persyn will be required to repay all his victims and could serve up to two years in jail, prosecutors said. Sentencing was set for Oct. 24.
Persyn had a long-running scheme in which he ran up tabs for thousands of dollars on credit after convincing business owners he was a Catholic priest in need of donations.
Among the items he took from at least 13 businesses included $2,149.85 worth of business suits, a golf cart, wall art, cell phones, furniture and about $5,400 worth of police equipment.
…Once the credit was issued, Persyn then went on a shopping spree, even bilking a religion supply store for about $457 in religious tapestry and communion wafers. Persyn and his wife left the area earlier this year after a number of media reports surfaced.