Accused church embezzler set to enter plea on Friday

A Grand Haven man charged with embezzling more than $20,000 from his church’s collection plates is scheduled to enter a plea Friday morning in Ottawa County Circuit Court.
Becky Vargo
Feb 28, 2013



Joseph Finnigan, 73, waived his arraignment, which was scheduled for Monday, on charges of embezzlement over $20,000, and two counts of larceny over $20,000.

Finnigan has been free on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond since being charged with the crimes.

He was released from  his job as deacon and pastoral associate in early November, 2012.

Officials said despite security measures in place, Finnigan had been taking money over a number of years.



Talk about Finnigan's rainbow, seems he found the pot of gold at the end of it. This $10,000.00 personal recognizance bond was obviously paid from the embezzled proceeds; what a country. A deacon and a pastoral associate; nice example on the whole "Thou shall not steal" commandment. Money Changers; from your pocket to mine was the change in this instance.
Just remember, only trust people who like big butts...they cannot lie; really, heard it in a song.

this happens all the time and it's unreported. many charities/churches and 403B's have issues like this but rather not go public, for various reasons. Large donors may stop giving if they see fiscal misconduct. sometimes its better to bite the bullet, fire the person and move on. St Pat's didnt do that, good for them. prosecute this turd.


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