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CMC releases joint statement about Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault

The following is a joint statement from Catholic Medical Center (“CMC”) President and CEO Dr. Joseph Pepe and Immediate Past Chairman of the CMC Board of Directors Joseph Graham regarding the sentencing of Monsignor Edward J. Arsenault to prison after pleading guilty to felony theft by unauthorized taking from CMC:

Last April, CMC asked the New Hampshire Office of the Attorney General to review a specific contractual arrangement between CMC and Msgr. Arsenault.  We made this request in light of accusations of improper financial transactions alleged against Msgr. Arsenault by the Diocese of Manchester.  The specific contract in question was signed in 2009 after Msgr. Arsenault’s resignation from the CMC Board of Directors.  CMC has fully cooperated with all aspects of the Attorney General’s review.

After an exhaustive criminal investigation, it has been determined that CMC was the victim of theft by unauthorized taking amounting to $104,000.  While we are saddened that our initial suspicions of wrongdoing have been confirmed, we are relieved justice is being served that Msgr. Arsenault will be held accountable for his criminal actions and that CMC will receive full restitution of the funds that were stolen.

There remains an ongoing criminal investigation.  Therefore, we are unable to discuss any details relating to the case at this time.  We will offer more information when it is appropriate to do so.  We are deeply grateful to the Office of the Attorney General and New Hampshire’s law enforcement agencies for their thorough investigation.

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