Detroit (WXYZ) - A Detroit Priest has been arraigned on six felony counts that allege he participated in a scheme to steal money from a charity fund that provides assistance to people in need in the inner city.
Father Timothy Kane, 57, appeared by video during Wednesday afternoon's arraignment before Magistrate Millicent Sherman in 36 th District Court.
Dorreca Marvie Brewer, 34, of Jackson was charged along with Kane.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's office alleges that the two defendants conspired to conduct a criminal enterprise to fraudulently obtain money from the Angel Fund from August 2008 until July 2012.
They each face six charges in all, including embezzlement from a Charitable institution of between $1,000 and $20,000.
The Angel Fund, a charitable fund of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been funded exclusively by a single, anonymous donor family. It has granted more than $17 million to needy families in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
"It's extremely hard and embarrassing to him and his family," said attorney Steven Scharg, who represents Kane. "At this point he maintains his innocence."
At St. Moses the Black parish on Detroit's west side, parishioners support the priest who has served as associate pastor since 2008.
"I was just in tears when I heard this," said Lula Perdue Evans, a parishioner since 1957. "That's just accusations. He is not guilty. That's the way I feel within my heart."
A $10,000 personal bond was set for both Kane and Brewer. They will be back in court on February 24.