Ripping Off Client Worked So Well, (Former) Ohio Broker (Allegedly) Decided To Rip Off His Church

Thomas Caniford knows what we're talking about.

Altar boy.

Back during the last market crisis, Thomas Caniford has an idea: Tell a client that, in order to save his money, he had to put it into a hedge fund. By which Caniford (allegedly) meant, to steal it. This worked so well for so long, he (allegedly) decided to give it a try at his local parish church.

Caniford, 56, of 2683 Sutherland Circle NW, was arrested Aug. 6 and charged with theft from a person in a protected class, a second-degree felony….

Last week, parishioners at St. Peter Catholic Church, 726 Cleveland Ave. NW, received a letter from the Rev. Edward Beneleit, parish priest, stating that an investigation was under way concerning a possible irregularity in a check drawn on a church trust account.

Former broker charged with theft, investigated in church fund [Canton Repository]