Forgiveness doesn't mean forgetting but retirement is a gift that lasts forever.
Former Interval Brotherhood Home chief Father Sam Ciccolini's request to retire from the Catholic Diocese has been approved. The Beacon Journal says Bishop Richard Lennon approved "Father Sam's" request in May but it's only making the public rounds now.
The 70-year old priest served six months in federal prison for tax fraud and other charges. He's not commenting but the Diocese says the request was approved for "health reasons."
Father Sam founded the nterval Brotherhood Home, which assists individuals with drug and alcohol dependecy in 1970.
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A date has been set in U.S. District Court in Cleveland for the re-sentencing of Father Sam Ciccolini on banking and tax fraud charges. Judge James Gwin is to re-sentence Ciccolini, the founder of Interval Brotherhood Home, on July 19th.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports Ciccolini's attorney filed to have $3.5 million dollars in restitution Ciccolini was ordered to pay, be returned to him.
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinatti ruled that Gwin didn't have the authority to order Ciccolini to make restitution of $3.5-million dollars to the Interval Brotherhood Home Foundation.
Father Sam 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 sentencing "Father Sam" as he was affectionately called by his supporters, admitted to embezzling more than $1.2 million dollars from the IBH Foundation . He paid the money back to the foundation and avoided being officially charged with stealing the funds. Ciccolini drew the interest of investigators because he made more than 130 deposits of amounts just under $10,000 each to several local banks.
The Cleveland attorney who had once represented Father Sam Ciccolini has been suspended indefinitely by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Carolyn K. Ranke was suspended for professional misconduct with two clients.
After grievances were filed against Ranke by the clients, the court also noted her failure to cooperate with disciplinary authorities during the investigation.
Father Sam was once represented by Ranke during his appeal after he was ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution to the Interval Brotherhood Home Foundation.
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