Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Man Pleads Guilty to Bilking Catholic School; Michael Hlady Stole $360,000 in Worcester, MA

The Christian Broadcast Network website reports today (June 28, 2011) that a fundraiser -- accused of bilking a Massachusetts school run by an order of Catholic nuns out of more than $360,000 -- has pleaded guilty to theft and has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Michael Hlady pleaded guilty to stealing the money from Venerini Academy in Worcester and to misleading the Venerini Sisters into believing that a well-known philanthropist was preparing to make a multimillion-dollar donation.

Superior Court Judge James Lemire also ordered 37-year-old Hlady to make full restitution to the school and to undergo counseling for gambling addiction.

Hlady defrauded the school until he was arrested in March 2010.

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