Attorney General targets charity raising money for Rev. Jonathan Wehrle

Lansing State Journal

July 19, 2018

By Christopher Haxel

Attorney General Bill Schuette is taking action against a Michigan-based charity that raises money for priests across the country facing criminal charges and other problems.

Opus Bono has in recent weeks circulated a letter asking for donations to assist the Rev. Jonathan Wehrle, a retired priest accused of embezzling more than $5 million dollars from St. Martha, a Roman Catholic parish in Okemos.

The nonprofit, based in Lapeer County, violated the state’s Nonprofit Corporation Act and Charitable Solicitations Act, Schuette said in a news release.

The organization “fabricated quotes from priests” as part of efforts that raised more than $1 million annually, and two men running the charity “were using most of the funds raised for themselves,” Schuette wrote.

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