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Interval Brotherhood Home gets clean audit, new director
Successor to "Father Sam" takes over in July

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M.L. Schultze
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A Northeast Ohio drug and alcohol treatment center will be getting a new director, about a year after the priest who founded it was removed. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the next step for the Interval Brotherhood Home…

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Donald Finn headed Catholic Youth Organization in Akron for 18 years until it merged. He’ll be taking over the Interval Brotherhood Home on July 1.


He’s replacing the Rev. Sam Ciccolini, who was convicted on federal tax charges in October  and formally retired in December. Interval Brotherhood has been a mainstay in the treatment community in Northeast Ohio since Ciccolini – known as “Father Sam” -- founded it in 1970.

But it was rocked last summer, when federal authorities accused Ciccolini of dividing cash into small personal deposits  to avoid laws that require banks to report larger ones. He was then accused of using phony invoices to diver millions of dollars from the fundraising arm of Interval Brotherhood.

Ciccolini was ordered to pay nearly 3.5 million dollars in restitution, and was fined 350-thousand dollars.


In announcing Finn’s appointment, the Interval Brotherhood Home said that a forensic audit ordered by its main funding source -- the Summit County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health board --  found that the agency has recovered all the money that Ciccolini diverted. 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Catholic priest on leave from Summit County center he founded
Wednesday, July 14, 2010

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