Monday, November 19, 2012

Ex-deacon is accused in embezzlement in Michigan

A former west Michigan church deacon accused of taking cash from the weekly offertory basket faces a felony charge of embezzlement of more than $20,000.

Joseph Finnigan, 72, of Grand Haven pleaded not guilty Oct. 12 during his arraignment. The 11-year employee of the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Grand Haven was fired the previous week.

Finnigan faces a maximum 10-year prison term and possible fine. He is free on a $10,000 personal bond.

Finnigan's lawyer, James Brady, said his client has cooperated with police and church officials and "will continue to do so."

Lawyers will discuss the case Tuesday.

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