- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - A Catholic priest and an acquaintance have requested jury trials in the theft of money from a fund set up to help poor people in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says the Rev. Timothy Kane and Dorreca Brewer were arraigned Thursday in circuit court.

They were charged in February with embezzlement. Kane became a priest in 1982.

Prosecutors say the pair approved false applications for the Angel Fund and pocketed thousands of dollars over four years.

The fund had been run by the Archdiocese of Detroit and granted more than $17 million to needy people since 2005. It had paid for rent, medicine, overdue utility bills and other necessities.

The Angel Fund is scheduled to end April 30 after its private donor ended financing.

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