|Father Fay Reports to Prison
By Susan Shultz
October 21, 2008
fter seven delays and 10 months since he was sentenced, the Rev. Michael Jude Fay reported to federal prison today, Tuesday, Oct. 21, to begin a 37-month prison sentence.
Fay, who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $1 million from St. John Roman Catholic Church while he was its pastor, is serving his sentence at the Bureau of Prisons' FMC Devens facility in Ayer, Mass. Fay's trial prostate cancer treatment will be transferred from Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Massachusetts.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, Fay reported to prison at 12:56 p.m.
After a conference call with all interested parties earlier this month, Fay's prison reporting date was reconfirmed for today at noon.
Previously, Fay was scheduled to report to Butner Federal Correctional Complex in Butner, N.C. but his facility was changed to Massachusetts earlier this month.
Fay was originally scheduled to begin his prison term in April. But he has successfully pushed back the date on seven occasions, usually citing treatment for his prostate cancer as the primary reason.
Fay pleaded guilty in federal court last September to one count of interstate transportation of money obtained by fraud. He was facing up to 10 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
In May 2006, it was discovered that Fay had been using church money to support his lavish lifestyle, which included trips to Europe, the Caribbean and other parts of the United States.
A private investigation-prompted by another church priest and its bookkeeper, who both left the parish in 2006 — also discovered that Fay was in a romantic relationship with another man. Fay, who denies their relationship was romantic, resigned shortly after the news broke.
An August 2006 independent audit commissioned by the Diocese of Bridgeport, reported that St. John Parish lost at least $1.4 million since 2000. Fay became church pastor in 1991.
Fay, who is still a priest, cannot act publicly as a priest or perform any priestly duties or sacraments, according to the Diocese of Bridgeport.
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