WESTFIELD, NJ — A Westfield man who admitted to embezzling more than $60,000 from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America could face up to two decades in prison, federal authorities announced.

George Papadakos, 52, of Westfield, the former finance director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, pled guilty to one count of wire fraud Wednesday, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, authorities said.

Under the terms of his plea agreement, Papadakos agreed to both forfeiture and restitution of $66,499, authorities said in a news release.

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The Westfield resident admitted to embezzling the money over the course of six years, charging about $66,499 to a corporate credit card for personal expenses without the Archdiocese authorization, according to Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Philip R. Bartlett, the Inspector-in-Charge of the New York Office of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

The personal expenditures included charges for home improvements, clothing, a gym membership, iTune and medical bills, authorities said.  During that time, GOAA was enduring financial difficulties, authorities said.

Papadakos is scheduled to appear in federal court June next Monday in part to set a schedule for his sentencing proceeding, authorities said.

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