Priest Convicted of Tax Evasion; Fined $4 Million

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Ciccolini with attorney Peter Cahoon

So much for the vow of poverty.

A wealthy priest in Akron, Ohio has been sentenced by a federal judge to one day in prison and ordered to pay nearly $4 million in fines and restitution, according to The Plain Dealer.  Rev. Samuel Ciccolini, 68, known in the community as Father Sam, was found to have siphoned off millions of dollars since 2000 from the Interval Brotherhood Home, a drug and alcohol treatment center that he founded in 1970.

According to authorities, by the end of 2006, Ciccolini had more than $4.3 million in personal bank accounts. Ciccolini was accused of lying about the source of more than $1 million in cash deposited to various personal accounts in 2003, consisting of more than 139 separate transactions of less than $10,000 in order to avoid bank reporting requirements.

Ciccolini began serving his one-day prison sentence immediately.

The Plain Dealer

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