According to the attorney for the Diocese of Steubenville, the results on an investigation of the diocesan financial office has been reported to the Ohio Attorney General.
That office has been asked to investigate and determine whether criminal charges should be filed.
“We are in preliminary discussion with legal counsel for a former diocesan employee concerning a possible civil action,” said attorney Tom Van Dusen in a press release.
According to the bishop, “payroll taxes were withheld from employee’s checks for many years, but the former comptroller did not send the money to the appropriate taxing authorities.”
The diocese reportedly had to pay $3.5 million, which included accrued interest, to proper taxing authorities by “liquidating unrestricted diocesan investments,” because of the failure to pay the withholding taxes.
According to a press release, Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton addressed the people of the Diocese of Steubenville: “Please know of my gratitude for your patience these past five months, beginning Feb. 9, with the announcement of our forensic investigation in the diocesan Finance Office. Please accept my apology for the lack of proper stewardship of the diocesan finances for this nearly decade and a half.”