Prosecutors Want Ohio Priest in Jail for Tax Fraud

By Thomas J. Sheeran
Dayton Daily News
October 6, 2010

Federal prosecutors say a Roman Catholic priest who founded an alcohol and drug rehab center in Ohio should get prison time for tax fraud and deceptive bank transactions.

Prosecutors recommended Wednesday that 68-year-old Rev. Samuel Ciccolini (chih-koh-LEE'-nee) of Akron get 18 months at his sentencing Friday.

He has pleaded guilty to dividing $1 million into 139 deposits to avoid a requirement that deposits over $10,000 be reported to the federal government. He's also admitted underreporting his income.

The government says Ciccolini co-mingled personal funds with money from the Interval Brotherhood Home that he founded in Akron.

His attorney asked Judge James Gwin to sentence Ciccolini to home detention in view of his long service in the community.


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