Diocese Fights Federal Fraud Lawsuit On St. Joseph Pension Fund – Denies Any Responsibility

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September 20, 2018

The Diocese of Providence has filed a motion in federal court seeking dismissal of the fraud lawsuit that was entered in June by the receiver for the failed St. Joseph Health Services pension fund.

In the Diocese’s stack of documents, lawyers for the Church deny any responsibility for the failure pension fund — the largest fund collapse in Rhode Island history.

The Diocese filing is in response to the 136-page complaint that was previously filed on June 20 by the receiver — a 21 count complaint filed against 14 Defendants. Similarly, the receiver filed a state court complaint in June which is 101-pages and includes 16 count complaint against many of the same defendants.

“The Diocesan Defendants express sincere sympathy for the retirees of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island (“SJHSRI”). That sympathy, however, cannot cloud the conclusion that this lawsuit is a baseless attempt to undo difficult decisions made in 2014 to save the CharterCARE system from collapse for the sake of an entire state and the communities it sustained and served.”

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