Ex-Deacon Gets Jail In Theft From Michigan Church

| May 14, 2013

GRAND HAVEN (WWJ/AP) – A former West Michigan church deacon who authorities say took $120,000 in cash from the weekly offertory basket has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Joseph Finnigan, 73, was sentenced earlier this week in Ottawa County Circuit Court after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of larceny over $20,000. He was also ordered to four years of probation, 250 hours of community service and he must pay restitution of $120,000.

Finnigan told the court that he took full responsibility for his actions, saying he was “truly sorry” for violating the law and violating the trust of parishioners.

“I really honestly never imagined that I’d be in this position… I’ve always tried to do the right thing but I didn’t this time,” he said. “I must be punished. And I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to make restitution and trying to redeem myself.”



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