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SIC report forwarded to Nassau County District Attorney

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://www.oca.org/news/1656 SIC report forwarded to Nassau County District Attorney Posted 10/01 SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- Members of the Holy Synod
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 1, 2008
      http://www.oca.org/news/1656

      SIC report forwarded to Nassau County District Attorney
      Posted 10/01

      SYOSSET, NY [OCA Communications] -- Members of the Holy Synod of
      Bishops and Metropolitan Council of the Orthodox Church in America
      were informed by Metropolitan Council Legal Committee Chair, Gregory
      Nescott, that the report of the Special Investigating Committee that
      investigated past financial mismanagement at the OCA Chancery was
      forwarded on September 30, 2008, to the Criminal Complaint Unit of
      the Nassau County District Attorney. This action was taken in
      response to Immediate Recommendation 7 of the report which
      mandated "the OCA Legal Committee and legal counsel to review this
      report for possible referral to the Nassau County District Attorney
      and other appropriate authorities no later than September 30, 2008,
      and report back to the HS and MC on that date." The OCA Chancery is
      located in Oyster Bay Cove, a town in Nassau County, New York.

      "With reference to the question raised at the joint meeting [of the
      Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council earlier this month] of whether
      the OCA was required to forward the report under New York state law,
      it was determined that the answer was no, inasmuch as there is no
      evidence of ongoing criminal activity at this date," Mr. Nescott
      writes in his memorandum. "However, after balancing the benefits and
      any possible downside of making the referral, it was agreed that the
      prudent decision would be to bring the report to the attention of the
      District Attorney."

      Mr. Nescott also gave the Holy Synod and Metropolitan Council a brief
      update on the matter of a recent mortgaging of property at St.
      Tikhon's Monastery, South Canaan, PA. While this is still under
      review, he writes that "I can assure you all that the MC Legal
      Committee, General Counsel, the Chancery, and Bishop Tikhon are all
      working together to determine, as expeditiously as possible, what has
      happened and who has the responsibility for sorting this all out."

      --- End forwarded message ---
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