Suffolk clergyman arrested for fraud: The Church of England Newspaper, March 14, 2014 March 20, 2014Posted by geoconger in Church of England, Church of England Newspaper, Corruption.
Tags: Diocese of St Edmundsbury & Ipswith, Ian Finn
A Suffolk clergyman has been suspended by the Diocese of St. Edmundsbury & Ipswich following his arrest last week on suspicion of fraud.
Last month the diocese placed the Rev Canon Ian Finn, the rector of St Mary the Virgin in Haverhill, on extended leave after allegations of misappropriating wedding and funeral fees were raised.
The Suffolk Constabulary released a statement noting a “55 year old man from Haverhill who was arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation on Tuesday (March 4), and taken to the Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre (PIC) for questioning, has been bailed to return to Bury PIC on April 2 pending further enquiries.”
A diocesan spokesman said confirmed Canon Finn had been suspended and but added the “police are investigating and it is therefore inappropriate for the Church to make any comment at this stage.”
Last month the diocese released a statement stating Canon Finn had explained the misappropriation of funds was “entirely the result of administrative and accounting mistakes, rather than any deliberate acts.
“He has already refunded to the diocese what he currently believes to be owing.”
“He has already cooperated fully over the matter and will continue to do so.”