For Immediate Release - December 01, 2006

Bernard Kelly convicted of Embezzlement and Filing a Fraudulent Tax Return

Cape & Islands District Attorney Michael O'Keefe announced today that Bernard Kelly, 73, formerly the pastor of St. Joseph's Parish in Falmouth, plead guilty to Larceny by Embezzlement and five (5) counts of Filing a False State Income Tax Return. The larceny charges stemmed from misappropriations of parish funds since 1998. The tax charges stemmed from underreporting of the defendant's income from 1998 to 2003. The Commonwealth recommended a two-year House of Correction committed sentence. The Court sentenced the defendant to seven (7) years of probation based on the defendant's age and the fact that the defendant made restitution in the amount of $1.5 million to the Diocese.

The case was investigated by members of the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit assigned to the Cape & Islands District Attorney's Office and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

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