Oscar Schoppelrei Church Fraud
a J. a a a a of Bogus Clerics Must Serve Jail Sentences City Attorney Tells of Past History of Pair "Fathers" Clement and John were workhouse bound today Clement for 30 days and John for 60. Both had pleaded guilty to vagrancy in municipal court after the former had been convicted convicted earlier of posing as a priest to obtain money and the latter was arrested while allegedly allegedly helping with collections. "Father Clement" is Clement Katus, 37, 93 W. Tenth street, St. Paul, who said he represented the American Orthodox church. "Father John" Is Oskar von Schoppelrei, 51, 1511 Spruce place, who asserted he was Katus' superior superior as vicar general of the church. Last Friday Katus was sentenced to 60 days 'for obtaining money under under false pretenses and soliciting without a license. This workhouse term was stayed, but Katus must serve 30 days on the vagrancy charge. The first sentence came vafter Katus sought to collect money from Southeast Minneapolis Minneapolis merchants, saying he was soliciting advertising for his church paper. While Katus was released on a stay of commitment, he and Schoppelrei Schoppelrei were arrested attempting to persuade merchants to make good on checks they had stopped. In the middle of his vagrancy trial today before Judge Joseph Poirier, Schoppelrei changed his plea to guilty and was given the 60-day 60-day 60-day sentence. Before the sentencing, Leo Mc-Hale, Mc-Hale, Mc-Hale, assistant city attorney, disclosed disclosed what he had learned of Schoppelrei. A year ago, McHale said, Schoppelrei Schoppelrei approached trustees of a St. Paul Syrian church, showed cre- cre- dentials as a former student o: the University of Minnesota and Johns Hopkins university and said he was an ordained priest. He was engaged by the church as a priest, McHale went on, and all went smoothly smoothly until Schoppelrei showed up with - wife. Schoppelrei explained his mar riage, according to McHale, by saying he had been ordained be fore rules of the church prohibited priests from taking wives. CHURCH OFFICERS WERE REASSURED, McHALE CONTIN UED, UNTIL "THE HOLY MAN SHOWED UP DRUNK." This time the church officers had another priest speak, to Schop. pelrel, who swore with a crucifix in his hand, McHale said, never to touch anoiher drop. The vow was good for two weeks, McHale declared, and then "Father John" was released from the church. - Schoppelrei represented himself himself as vicar general of the faith, the assistant city attorney attorney said, and hinted he was In line for a position as "metropolitan." "metropolitan." McHale said his suspicions of Schoppel ei were first aroused when the man walked Into the office of Joseph Hadley, city attorney, attorney, with Katus who had been summoned to explain the solicitations. solicitations. McHale said he overheard Schoppelrei Schoppelrei say to . Katus, "Remember, Father Clement, I am your superior, superior, and if there is any heat on this I have to take it." Eagles Will Observe Secretary Birthday Members of Minneapolis aerie, No. 34, Fraternal Order of Eagles, will observe the seventy-third seventy-third seventy-third birthday birthday of Thomas Patrick Gleason, aerie secretary and a member since Its founding 41 years ago, with a party 8 p.m. Saturday at the aerie hall, 325 Second avenue S.