Head of Nevada Catholic Conference resigns as criminal record surfaces
Published: July 17, 2012
RENO, Nev. (CNS) -- The director of the Nevada Catholic Conference resigned July 11, not long after the bishops of the two dioceses for which he worked became aware of a criminal record for obstruction of justice in a previous job. John Cracchiolo, who had been at the Catholic conference since about 2007, submitted his resignation about three weeks after Reno Bishop Randolph R. Calvo and Las Vegas Bishop Joseph A. Pepe learned he had accepted a federal plea deal in 2009 related to charges of fraud in his previous career, said Brother Matthew Cunningham, chancellor of the Reno Diocese. Brother Cunningham, a member of the Brothers of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, told Catholic News Service in a July 16 phone interview that until about three weeks before, the bishops were unaware of Cracchiolo's guilty plea on a federal felony charge of obstruction of justice. According to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing of January 2009, Cracchiolo, then 52, served as chief financial officer and chief operations officer of Endocare, a publicly traded medical device company in Irvine, Calif., from 2001-2003. The commission charged that Cracchiolo filed false and misleading periodic reports that overstated the company's revenue and income, and that he misled investors in other ways.
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