Friday, March 24, 2017

Former Liverpool vicar given suspended jail term over £100,000 diocese thefts

From Liverpool (BBC)-

A former Anglican vicar who stole more than £100,000 from his diocese has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Michael John Fry, 57, of Aigburth Vale, Liverpool pleaded guilty to committing eight offences over an eight-year period ending 1 January 2014.

What began as an administrative failing became "dishonesty" and "an enormous breach of trust", Judge Elizabeth Nicholls told Liverpool Crown Court.

Fry was sentenced to 20 months in jail, suspended for two years.

Fry misled Liverpool diocese about the number of funerals which he had conducted and illegally kept fees from 1,250 parochial funerals.

He spent the money on alcohol, books, and travel, the court heard.

Passing sentence, the judge said "the good you have done in the community outweighs the harm".

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