Thursday, December 18, 2014

Michigan Priest, Found Guilty Of Embezzling $131K, Gets Light Sentence

From on 12/15/2014:

Charitable money supplied by the Archdiocese of Detroit for the needy instead went to an unscrupulous priest and his accomplice, a Wayne County jury found.

But Wayne County Circuit Judge Bruce Morrow gave Father Timothy J. Kane, 58, of Detroit, a break at his sentencing Monday.

Sentencing guidelines called for the religious leader to spend a minimum of three years behind bars, but Morrow only sentenced the priest to 1/3 the time, and spread it out over four years.

Kane was sentenced to 12 months in the Wayne County Jail to be served in the months of December and January for the next 5 years, a statement from the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says, and was also given 5 years of probation and restitution of $131,400.

"This is a most unusual sentence that is below the defendant's guidelines," Assistant Prosecutor and prosecutor's office spokeswoman Maria Miller said in a prepared statement. "It is especially troubling considering that he was convicted as charged of multiple counts of stealing money from the poor.
"We will be determining whether we will appeal the case in the next several days."

Kane, former associate pastor of St. Gregory the Great and Church of Madonna, both in Detroit, as well as St. Benedict in Highland Park, was convicted of operating a continuing criminal enterprise, using a computer to commit a crime, uttering and publishing, conspiracy to commit uttering and publishing embezzlement from a charitable institution and conspiracy to embezzle from a charitable institution.

His accomplice, 35-year-old Dorreca Brewer of Jackson, pleaded no contest to the charges against her and received probation in October.

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