A Catholic priest in Detroit convicted of six counts of fraud for ripping off an inner-city charity faces sentencing on Monday.
Rev. Timothy Kane was found guilty on several charges in October, including embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000 and conspiracy to operate a criminal enterprise, the Detroit Free Press reported. He may face up to 20 years in prison.
The priest was part of a scheme to embezzle from the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit’s Angel Fund, a charity started by an anonymous donor in 2005, the paper reported earlier this year.
The fund was designed to allow urban parish priests to provide assistance to inner-city poor.
According to the newspaper, Kane confessed that he teamed up with a male prison inmate and onetime sexual partner, who brought in another inmate’s wife as an accomplice. He said the woman would make false claims for charity money, Kane would approve the application, and the trio would profit, the Free Press reported.
St. Moses the Black Parish in Detroit let Kane go after the reverend was charged in February. The Angel Fund was closed down two months later, the Free Press reported.