Detroit priest accused of stealing money intended for needy from Archdiocese

DETROIT (WXYZ) - A Detroit priest has been charged with stealing money intended to help those in need from the Archdiocese.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced in a press conference Tuesday that Father Timothy Joseph Kane of Detroit and Dorreca Marvie Brewer of Jackson are alleged to have participated in scheme to steal money from the Archdiocese of Detroit's Angel Fund - created to help people in need. 

The two are accused of stealing the funds from August 2008 through July 2012. During this time period the pair of defendants allegedly filled out and approved false applications to the Angel Fund, allowing them to both receive thousands of dollars.

Kane served as Associate Pastor of St. Gregory the Great and the Church of the Madonna, both in Detroit as well as St. Benedict in Highland Park during this time. He also acted as Christian Service Contactor at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Both Kane and Brewer have been charged with:

  • Criminal Enterprise Conspiracy
  • Using a A Computer to Commit a Crime
  • Uttering and Publishing
  • Conspiracy to Commit Uttering and Publishing
  • Embezzlement from a Charitable Institution
  • Conspiracy to Commit Embezzlement from a Charitable Institution

"This fund was sent up to assist those who truly need emergency assistance. It is especially troubling that someone who has dedicated his life to helping other is alleged to have stolen from the church," she continued.

Kane will be arraigned at 36th District Court on February 12. An arraignment for Brewer is to be determined.

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