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'Father Sam' resentenced, six months in jail

6:55 PM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- For the second time in two years, U.S. District Judge James Gwin sentenced well-known Catholic priest Fr. Samuel Ciccolini for banking and income tax crimes. 

Just after noon Friday, Gwin sentenced "Father Sam" as he is known throughout the Akron community, to six months in prison and two years of supervised release.

Gwin also required Ciccolini to pay $834,272 in restitution --- $250,000 for Count 1 and $834,272 for Count 2. Ciccolini will report to U.S. Marshals at noon on Oct. 30 to be taken to a federal prison yet to be named.

Ciccolini was convicted in 2010

Ciccolini's original sentence -- one day in custody, a $350,000 fine and a $3.5 million restitution order - was overturned July 3 by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati after the court ruled that Gwin had no authority to order restitution.

It was questioned as to how Gwin would handle the new sentence, especially because he had eased up on the prison sentence in favor of the costly restitution.

Federal prosecutors wanted Ciccolini, 70, to be sent to prison for at least 18 months and to receive a hefty fine.

Ciccolini's attorneys wanted leniency and cited Ciccolini's decades of service running the Interval Brotherhood Home, a non-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Coventry Township.

Ciccolini founded the Interval Brotherhood Home in Coventry Township more than 40 years ago and directed the home and an alcohol and drug treatment center.

Before his original sentencing, he admitted to embezzling more than $1.2 million from the IBH Foundation.

He paid the money back to the foundation and avoided being officially charged with stealing the money.

Originally  Ciccolini drew the interest of investigators because he made more than 130 deposits of amounts just under $10,000 each to several local banks.

Banks are required to report to federal authorities deposits of more than $10,000. By depositing just under that amount, Ciccolini was able to avoid the reporting requirement.

Ciccolini was barred by the Cleveland Catholic Diocese from hearing confessions or publicly conducting Mass.  

WKYC-TV

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