Madison
48° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

Group says Wis. archdiocese letter shows fraud

Published On: Jul 02 2013 06:43:33 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2013 10:02:48 AM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

A group that represents survivors of abusive priests alleges that a letter written by Milwaukee's former archbishop provides evidence of bankruptcy fraud.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says the 2007 letter released Monday shows that the Milwaukee archdiocese shifted $57 million in a bid to hide it from bankruptcy proceedings.

In the letter, then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan asked the Vatican for permission to move the money into a cemetery fund. SNAP spokesman Peter Isely suggests that Dolan wanted to protect the money from creditors in the course of bankruptcy proceedings.

But Archdiocese spokesman Jerry Topczewski said the money was always set aside in a separate fund for cemetery care. He said moving it to a trust just formalized that.

Advertisement
  • CSX crash 3

    DC Fire and EMS

    Train derails in DC

    A train derailed in Washington, D.C., near a metro station Sunday.

  • PHOTOS: 27 tons of documents destroyed during BBB Shredfest 2016

    The free BBB Shredfest event Saturday offered anyone with documents containing personal information to shred up to three bags. Destroying documents is one way to protect one's identity and thwart fraudsters.

    More than 1,600 cars stopped by two Madison locations from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, and 27 tons of documents were shredded, a Better Business Bureau representative said. The sites were at SVA Certified Public Accountants, 1221 John Q Hammons Dr. and Warner Park, 2930 N. Sherman Ave.

  • Elise Romas

    PHOTOS: Thousands take part in 34th annual CrazyLegs 2016

    The 34th annual CrazyLegs Classic 8K Run and 2-mile Walk Saturday raised money for UW Athletics. As of Friday night, 13,000 people had signed up to participate, and organizers expected more to register Saturday morning before the race begins in waves at 11 a.m.

    WINNERS: Pat Jenkins, 24, of Cambridge, is the top finisher in the men's category. UW law student Jessa Hackman, 24, of Madison, is the top female finisher.

Advertisement